Under Milk Wood Quotes by Dylan Thomas
Under Milk Wood Quotes
The kind of total darkness that enfolds the Welsh seaside town of "Llareggub" at the opening of Dylan Thomas's wonderful mid-century "play for voices" , which interweaves the thoughts and words of upwards of 60 characters over one day, is lost to the modern world. But it is also the incantatory darkness of dreams and visions, death and memory, as an observing consciousness creeps into the "blinded bedrooms" of the town's inhabitants, hushing and inviting us on: "Come now, drift up the dark, come up the drifting sea-dark street now in the dark night seesawing like the sea The sun comes up - but a radio play, of course, takes place entirely in the dark. Anything can happen, and does; the ordinary becomes fantastical and the bizarre is folded into everyday routine. Thomas stretches out his sentences into great, rolling, relentless waves, or crushes words together into compound coinages as the voices whisper and declaim: the play is bawdy, tragic, lyrical, sly, odd, familiar, broad and deep by turns. Favourite lines are a very personal affair, but members of my family are liable to declaim "I must have a charcoal biscuit, which is good for me", "Nothing grows in our garden, only washing", "Here's your arsenic, dear," or "Oh, isn't life a terrible thing, thank God? As night falls again, the memories and voices of the dead press ever more closely in on the living.
HOWEVER, copyright law varies in other countries, and the work may still be under copyright in the country from which you are accessing this website. It is your responsibility to check the applicable copyright laws in your country before downloading this work. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now. Hush, the babies are sleeping, the farmers, the fishers, the tradesmen and pensioners, cobbler, schoolteacher, postman and publican, the undertaker and the fancy woman, drunkard, dressmaker, preacher, policeman, the webfoot cocklewomen and the tidy wives. Young girls lie bedded soft or glide in their dreams, with rings and trousseaux, bridesmaided by glowworms down the aisles of the organplaying wood.
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This is, of course, a similar exchange to that between Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard and her two ghostly husbands:.
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A film version, Under Milk Wood directed by Andrew Sinclair , was released in , and another adaptation of the play, directed by Pip Broughton , was staged for television for the 60 anniversary in An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village, Llareggub. They include Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly nagging her two dead husbands; Captain Cat, reliving his seafaring times; the two Mrs. Later, the town awakens and, aware now of how their feelings affect whatever they do, we watch them go about their daily business. Pritchard and Mr.