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From which Dylan Thomas poem does the line "All trees are oak trees, except pine...

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kwannebo | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2008 at 6:45 AM via web

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From which Dylan Thomas poem does the line "All trees are oak trees, except pine trees," come from?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted April 23, 2008 at 6:55 AM (Answer #1)

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I couldn't find this line in any Dylan Thomas poems, however I did find this reference from a book of Dylan Thomas radio broadcast transcripts, from Thomas reading from the story "The Crumbs of One Man's Year":

Once, indeed, I wrote a poem with a friend that began: "All trees are oaks, except for fir-trees". The poem had continued, "All birds are robins, except crows, or rooks."

I don't know if this poem was every actually written or if it was just a fragment.


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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM (Answer #2)

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You might be able to find the poem at the Poets & Writers web site. John Barth used that line as a title for an article he wrote for that journal. In the article, he discusses the work of other writers, including Dylan Thomas. I've pasted a link to that article below.

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t-m-hawley | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM (Answer #3)

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The full and accurate quote, to my knowledge, is: "Once, indeed, with a friend I wrote a poem beginning, 'All trees are oaks, except fir-trees.'"

—Dylan Thomas, On the Air with Dylan Thomas: The Broadcasts

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