I was looking at my blogposts and I noticed something. I noticed that I haven’t written about anything culture related. Or what I consider culture. As an Arts & Culture I know how difficult it is to catch culture in a definition. But in terms of arts, literature, film, photography; Under Milk Wood is one my absolute favourites and one of the classics. I really hope you have heard of it, and if not I hope you will be excited after reading this post. Or not. Whatever.
I’ve always been very Wales-orientated and I don’t think this comes as a surprise for the most of you lot. A few years ago I was watching a documentary on Swansea City (obviously, football is life) and the intro just got me man. The music was good, but the spoken words were absolutely magical to me. I recognised the man who were speaking those words, it was Richard Burton – one of my favourite actors. He spoke the following words:
To begin at the beginning
It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black,
the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and-rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea.
To me it were words of utter perfection and I desperately need to know more about this. I wanted to know the person that wrote those words and I wanted to know desperately. It speaks to me. The words are perfection and I felt so inspired. I found out that it was the radio play called Under Milk Wood and it was profoundly brilliant. I listened to it over and over again, and every time I get goose bumps.
Under Milk Wood was written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in 1954, commissioned by the BBC. It was originally intended for the radio, but was adapted to the stage and to the screen. The film came out in 1972 and starred Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Siân Phillips. For me this was the best way to discover the work of Dylan Thomas, because I could visualise it better the first. Sometimes the symbolism of some poets, gets lost in translation, because after all, I’m not inhabitant of the UK.
It focuses on the inhabitants of a fiction local Welsh fisher’s village called Llareggub (Bugger all backwards). If you are a paying attention, you might have noticed that my blog is called Bugger All. And yes, Under Milk Wood is the reason for that haha.
I love how the words work and how they follow each other. I love how the words sound when they are spoken and I guess that is what I like about Dylan Thomas a poet.
Listening to Under Milk Wood, makes me feel so inspired. I feel inspired right now. Hopefully this will mean more poetry from myself as well!
Have you read anything by Dylan Thomas? Have you listented/seen Under Milk Wood?