Dylan Thomas | Critical Essay by Paul West

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Dylan Thomas.
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Critical Essay by Paul West

SOURCE: West, Paul. “Dylan Thomas: The Position in Calamity.” Southern Review 3, no. 4 (October 1967): 922-43.

In the following essay, West attempts to sort through the varying critical assessments of Thomas's work.

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According to Wordsworth, “all men feel something of an honourable bigotry for the objects which have long continued to please them.” Something of: it is what Englishmen say to maintain their reserve during enthusiasm and what most people say when they want to suggest reservations painlessly. Something of: the phrase comes naturally to the lips for Dylan Thomas, whom his detractors find only something of a charlatan, whom his admirers find only something of a genius. It is not easy to be absolute about him, yet half-measures don't seem appropriate—and this will show in what follows. So let him...

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