Reading Ralph Maud’s Poet In The Making (1968) and his Dylan Thomas/The Notebook Poems (1989) has confirmed my sense of Thomas’s major achievement. I use the term major advisedly, having in mind the attacks, or the more subtly depreciating commentary, upon his worth as a poet (and a man) by poets still living whose work (in this reader’s opinion) have little chance of being within sight of Thomas’s achievement.
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