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A Letter To My Aunt - Poem by Dylan Thomas

A Letter To My Aunt Discussing The Correct Approach To Modern Poetry


To you, my aunt, who would explore
The literary Chankley Bore,
The paths are hard, for you are not
A literary Hottentot
But just a kind and cultured dame
Who knows not Eliot (to her shame).
Fie on you, aunt, that you should see
No genius in David G.,
No elemental form and sound
In T.S.E. and Ezra Pound.
Fie on you, aunt! I'll show you how
To elevate your middle brow,
And how to scale and see the sights
From modernist Parnassian heights.

First buy a hat, no Paris model
But one the Swiss wear when they yodel,
A bowler thing with one or two
Feathers to conceal the view;
And then in sandals walk the street
(All modern painters use their feet
For painting, on their canvas strips,
Their wives or mothers, minus hips).

Perhaps it would be best if you
Created something very new,
A dirty novel done in Erse
Or written backwards in Welsh verse,
Or paintings on the backs of vests,
Or Sanskrit psalms on lepers' chests.
But if this proved imposs-i-ble
Perhaps it would be just as well,
For you could then write what you please,
And modern verse is done with ease.

Do not forget that 'limpet' rhymes
With 'strumpet' in these troubled times,
And commas are the worst of crimes;
Few understand the works of Cummings,
And few James Joyce's mental slummings,
And few young Auden's coded chatter;
But then it is the few that matter.
Never be lucid, never state,
If you would be regarded great,
The simplest thought or sentiment,
(For thought, we know, is decadent);
Never omit such vital words
As belly, genitals and -----,
For these are things that play a part
(And what a part) in all good art.
Remember this: each rose is wormy,
And every lovely woman's germy;
Remember this: that love depends
On how the Gallic letter bends;
Remember, too, that life is hell
And even heaven has a smell
Of putrefying angels who
Make deadly whoopee in the blue.
These things remembered, what can stop
A poet going to the top?

A final word: before you start
The convulsions of your art,
Remove your brains, take out your heart;
Minus these curses, you can be
A genius like David G.

Take courage, aunt, and send your stuff
To Geoffrey Grigson with my luff,
And may I yet live to admire
How well your poems light the fire.
Dylan Thomas

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Faaslay Itney Barhey Hijar Main Aazaar K Saath,
Ab To Wo Baat Bhi Karte Nahi Gham-Khuwaar K Saath,

Tund Lamhon Se Toot Phut Ke Main,
Teri Baahon Mein Aan Parta Hun

Zubaan rakhta hun lekin chup khada hun,
main aawaazon ke ban mein ghir gaya hun.
Mere ghar ka dari

Kya sitam hy ke ab teri surat...
Ghoor karne pe yaad aati hy..

Khuda hum ko esi Khudayi na de,
Kay apney siwaa kuch dikhayi na de,
Khataaa-waar samjhe gi duniya

MEN of the North-land! where's the manly spirit
Of the true-hearted and the unshackled gone?
Sons

Ja Rhi Hain Wo
RoNeQaIN
Ja Rhi Hain Wo
BaRketaIN

Ja Rhi Hain Wo
KhuShiaN
Aaya Tha BaN

WHAT is by this stir reveal'd?

Doth the East glad tidings bring?
For my heart's deep wounds are

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example,'The night is shattered
and the blue s

Koi Dikha K Roye Koi Chupa K Roye
Humain Rulane Wale Hum Ko Rula K Roye

Marne Ka Maza To Tab Hai

Agahi main ek khalaa maujood hai,
Is ka matlab hai khuda maujood hai,
Hai yaqeenan kuch magar vaaz

be-niyazana har ek rah se guzra bhi karo
shauq-e-nazzara jo Thahrae to Thahra bhi karo
itne shai

Sajdon K Ewaz Firdous Mile Ye Bat Mujhe Manzoor Nahi
Be-Laus Ebadat Karta Hun Banda Hun Tera Mazdoo

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted,

Ab koi harf-e-dua kam nahi ay ga,
Ab wo mehtab sar-e-bam nahi ay ga,

Ab dhalay ga na kabi hijr k

How little you bested
............Or fill the fixed mind with all your toys!
Dwell in some idle br

Koi nahin hay merey jaisa charoon aur
Apney gird ek bheer saja ke"Tanha"hoon

Yeh hum hi jantey hain judaai ke morr par,
Iss dil ka jo bhi haal tujhe dekh kar hua..

Kisi K Haath Ka Nikla Howa Wo Teer Hon Main
Hadaf Ko Choo Na Saka Our Kamaan Say Bhi Gaya

ab wahi harf-e-junun sab ki zaban Thahri hai
jo bhi chal nikli hai wo baat kahan Thahri hai
aaj

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