15 Oct

Favourite Quote and Why

It’s Day 15 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Here is Mary with today’s post of “Favourite Quote and Why.

Being a literary sort,  I have an awful lot of favorite quotes, from all kinds of different books and poems and articles and songs and plays.  But one of my all time favorites is from a Dylan Thomas poem.

Favourite Quote - Sunset2

I was very little when I started obsessing over my mom’s book of poems by Dylan Thomas, about 7 or 8. I barely understood what I was reading,  and yet the language captivated me.  This wild Welsh man poet and his strangely compelling turns of phrase became something I would come back to again and again and again over the years.  In time I became interested in the poet himself (and his tempestuous relationship with his wife Caitlin) and read a number of biographies over the years.  But I always came back to the poems themselves,  saying them out loud,  trying to understand them,  marvelling at his complete mastery of the language.  I liked how primal they felt to me,  like he had cut them off a stone or discovered them in a storm. I just couldn’t get enough of them.

Favourite Quote - Reaching

Later on,  as I grew and had my own experiences with loss and heartache,  the poems started to resonate even more.  I would turn to the book in a state of emotional turmoil and find an understanding there.  After a particularly harsh series of heartaches,  I took a line from the poem ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’  as a mantra for awhile and eventually I even registered it on a star.  Right up there in the sensitive area below Orion’s belt,  where heartaches belong.

Here’s the quote:

“Though lovers be lost love shall not;
and death shall have no dominion. “

Favourite Quote - Sunset

And please do check out the poem in its entirety,  here:

https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/nodominion.html

The Daily Tay

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