Under Milk Wood Author:Dylan Thomas "Only your eyes are unclosed to see the black and folded town fast, and slow, asleep" — Completed only a month before Dylan Thomas died, Under Milk Wood is an inspired and irreverent account of life and love in a small coastal village in Wales one spring day. Full of raucous energy and lyrical passion, it is the most complete expression of Thomas... more »' unique perspective on the human condition.
Called "a play for voices" by the author himself, Under Milk Wood premiered in 1953 with Thomas and five American actors reading the parts and was preserved, almost by chance, in a remarkable recording. Therein is the author's greatest work rendered as he himself directed, in his own famous voice that captures the lively melodic essence of the work itself.
Under Milk Wood begins with dreams and ghosts before Dawn, moves through the brilliant, noisy day of the towns-people and closes as the "rain of dusk brings on the bawky night." As Randall Jarrell wrote: "It would be hard for any work of art to communicate more directly and funnily and lovingly what it is like to be alive."« less