The Love of Dylan Thomas


 The Love of Dylan Thomas 

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(The Love Affairs of Dylan Thomas)

The Love of Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

The Love of Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a great poet of twentieth-century England. As a poet, he was more painstaking, refined and skilled than his contemporaries and hence he earned worldwide fame during his lifetime. But the private life of this great poet was full of gloom and ill-fame. Physically he was a sickly child, he coughed frequently and was periodically confined to bed for a long time. He was a habitual drunkard, extremely licentious and too much cigar-smoker. Moreover, he had a life-long struggle against poverty which made him suffer more and more. 

The love life of this great poet was wild, loathsome, and strange. While Dylan was growing young the sense-organs within him began to grow more sensitive and active. From his childhood, he was accustomed to a Bohemian life and this nature got maturity while with his growing up. When grew young he became more sensual and often frequented the home of defamed women and spent night after night in sex orgies. In 1933 he went to London and entered into a lengthy correspondence with a young poetess of London whose name was Miss Pamela Johnson. At first, their relationship was limited to pen-friendship, but soon the friendship matured into love. Then Dylan Thomas went to her home with a view to spending some considerable days with her. There in London, Dylan Thomas frequented the ill-famed women of the city. Pamela came to know his debauchery and so she reacted violently. Subsequently, their relationship came to an end. Thus Dylan’s first affectionate love with a young girl ended in failure.

In 1934 he moved to London with a view to stay there. That London life made him more wild and sensual. There he practised poetry, drank excessively and played the game of sex with a number of women. There, in 1936, he met a young beautiful girl named Caitlin Macnamara. He often drank with her. But in the meantime, Dylan caught a venereal disease and he fell ill. It broke his heart and his mental state became melancholic. The disease made him suffer for considerable days. When he got cured of the disease, he expressed his love to Caitlin Macnamara. She also received his love and their love affair began. After spending some months they entered into marriage-bond suddenly. While they married the purse of Dylan Thomas was empty which had always been so. So their marriage ceremony was a solitary one — neither a friend nor a relative was called to attend the ceremony. Dylan’s sexual love became limited to Caitlin. At first, their married life seemed to spend happily but later on the gap between the two seemed to arise because of Dylan’s poverty and drinking habit. They often had murderous quarrels that violated the peace of their neighbouring families.

Being poverty-stricken Dylan Thomas had to depend upon the assistance of his friends. Some of his friends, showing sympathy to him, rendered monetary help. In 1938 he left London and move to live at Laugharne. There he met a lady by the name of Margaret Taylor. She was a very kind and generous woman. She showed sympathy to the poor poet and rendered her helping hand to him. She became his sponsor and a great benefactor. Dylan Thomas loved her and respected her from the deep corner of his heart. But there was no sexual attraction between the two. She bought a home called ‘The Boat House’ at Laugharne and gave it to the Thomas family. In 1946, she gave them the use of her long cabin at Oxford Garden. Taylor’s husband, who was a historian, also sympathized with them. But soon Margaret grew tired of the noise of the Thomas couple and Dylan’s continuous requests for money. Subsequently, Misses Caitlin quarreled with Margaret Taylor and bit her hand that fed her. Yet till her last days, Taylor had been a patroness to the poet. Here, Margaret’s love for the poverty-stricken poet is worth praising.

In 1953 this great poet died of excessive drinking in New York. Dylan Thomas as a poet was great, but his wild and careless nature had stained his great name. He had written many good love poems in which his view on love for women is expressed either directly or indirectly. In a poem entitled ‘Lament’, he lamented his excessive indulgence in sexual love. He says:

‘And all the deadly virtues plague my death.’

Here the word “virtue” is ironic. By the word, he means his too much indulgence to wine, cigars and women.  0 0 0


N.B.  The article ‘The Love of Dylan Thomas’ originally belongs to the book ‘Love of Reputed Persons‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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