Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
Poem of the Week!
And Death Shall Have No Dominion – By Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953)
After watching Solaris, a mediocre 2002 soft Sci-Fi film with George Clooney this poem which was featured stuck in my mind.
Although I don’t normally go for prose, preferring rhyme, I quite enjoyed Thomas’ little piece on immortality, it’s poignant subject matter and beautiful and haunting rhythm. The poem was published in the New English Weekly in September 1936.
The Full text is here from the Poetry Foundation:
And death shall have no dominion.Dead men naked they shall be oneWith the man in the wind and the west moon;When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,They shall have stars at elbow and foot;Though they go mad they shall be sane,Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;Though lovers be lost love shall not;And death shall have no dominion.And death shall have no dominion.Under the windings of the seaThey lying long shall not die windily;Twisting on racks when sinews give way,Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;Faith in their hands shall snap in two,And the unicorn evils run them through;Split all ends up they shan’t crack;And death shall have no dominion.And death shall have no dominion.No more may gulls cry at their earsOr waves break loud on the seashores;Where blew a flower may a flower no moreLift its head to the blows of the rain;Though they be mad and dead as nails,Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,And death shall have no dominion.