14
NOV
2014

English Tuition Bolton Manchester: Dylan Thomas and Christmas!

This ‘memoir’ by Dylan Thomas has one of the most evocative openings I have ever read. It transports us truly away into the land of story and childhood when 2 and 2 did not necessarily make only 4!  Perhaps writers write what they cannot let go of in some way . But imagine the wild freedom of ‘when there were wolves in Wales… and it snowed and snowed.‘  Makes me smile and tingle just to read! Dylan Thomas knew the value of a resonant anchor!  And look how imaginatively impoverished and diminished the child’s later version is. It seems linear and ‘dead’. Where has our wonder wandered off to?    Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and birds the colour of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills, when we sang and wallowed all night and day in caves that smelt like Sunday afternoons in damp front farmhouse parlours, and we chased, with the jawbones of deacons, the English and the bears, before the motor car, before the wheel, before the duchess-faced horse, when we rode the daft and happy hills bareback, it snowed and it snowed. But here a small boy says: “It snowed last year, too. I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.” “But that was not the same snow,” I say. “Our snow was not only shaken from white wash buckets down the sky, it came shawling out of the ground and swam and drifted out of the arms and hands and bodies of
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