Dylan Thomas

1496 Words Oct 3rd, 1999 6 Pages
Despite Dylan Thomas’ often obscure images, he expresses a clear message of religious devotion in many of his poems. He creates images that reflect God’s connection with the earth and body. In “And death shall have no dominion,” Thomas portrays the redemption of the soul in death, and the soul’s liberation into harmony with nature and God. Thomas best depicts his beliefs, though abstract and complicated, to the reader with the use of analogies and images of God’s presence in nature. Appreciating the virtue of humility in “Shall gods be said to thump the clouds,” Thomas associates God with thunder, rainbows, and night only to remind us that He is even more present in a simple stone as He is …show more content…
In “Shall gods be said to thump the clouds,” Thomas asks whether the gods are thumping the clouds in thunder or weeping when it rains. Illustrating God’s presence in all natural events, glorious or not, Thomas neglects to answer his own questions in the first three stanzas, but indirectly answers them in the last. “It shall be said that gods are stone. / Shall a dropped stone drum on the ground, / Flung gravel chime? Let the stones speak / With tongues that talk all tongues.” In this stanza, Thomas reveals his own portrayal of God’s humility and universal domain. Because God is present in all of nature, He is present in the simplest stone as well as the tremendous thunder and brilliant rainbows. This poem illustrates God’s message of humility. He claims the more humble and simple we are, the more holy we have become. As one of the Beatitudes states, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.” (Matthew 5:4) The other concise message of this stanza, one of the easiest to interpret, is the last verse. This verse suggests that not only does God love the devout, but He loves the sinful and impoverished as well. This line could also be interpreted that God loves all of creation, and His love is universal. No matter what language one speaks or land one lives in, God is present
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