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Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Bugger all" spelt backwards


Perhaps best-known for his poem "Do not go gentle into that good night", Dylan Thomas's rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery are beautifully brought to life by an omniscient narrator who invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub ("bugger all" spelt backwards).

"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, fishingboatbobbing sea."

"Under Milk Wood" is a sheer delight to watch when combined by the velvet tones of Richard Burton's narration (although not quite as good as Australia's own Leonard Teale but close ☺ ).