Dylan Thomas’s Life

  • John Ackerman
Part of the Macmillan Literary Companions book series (LICOM)


‘This sea-town was my world’1 Dylan Thomas said of Swansea, and certainly the most arresting feature of Swansea is the wide and splendid curve of the shore, towards which the hills of Swansea descend. It was this spectacular view that greeted the poet from his home in Cwmdonkin Drive, high above Swansea Bay, a town and seascape that vividly encapsulate a microcosm of Welsh life, today as in the twenties and thirties. If you approach from the east, industry and the docks dominate the scene, the road backed on one side by gaunt hillsides dotted with the ruins of earlier industrial life, and on the other by harsh grassland and glimpses of sand and sea beyond the oil tanks and dockside buildings. Then quite suddenly the communal centre of Swansea begins. But our journey takes us along the coast road, facing Swansea town and where the trains once ran to the Mumbles, on our left the new Marina and high flats, then the grassy hillock leading to the long, sandy beach, once busily crowded with holidaymakers in summer. While to the right, we soon pass the town centre, Victoria Gardens, St Helens and the cricket ground, the lively fun-fair, Singleton Park and the University College.


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