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What romantic elements are found in the poem "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas?

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Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:07 PM via web

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What romantic elements are found in the poem "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas?

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Some of the important Romantic features of Dylan

Thomas' "Fern Hill"  (1945) are as follows:

1. His love for Nature: The poem is a celebration of his happy childhood days when he was one with Nature on the idyllic farm which belonged to his uncle. The following lines are expressive of his deep attachment to Nature:

"All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was air And playing, lovely and watery And fire green as grass."
2. The expression of Dylan Thomas' own personal feelings and emotions: The entire poem is a powerful expression of his wistful and nostalgic longing for an innocent childhood which he revisualizes  with the help of his memory and imagination:

"Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,"

3. The love for the supernatural and the mystic: Dylan Thomas has very poignantly portrayed for us the mystic experience of a child 'dying' to become an adult:

"Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means, Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea."
Lastly, the language employed by Dylan Thomas is romantic in its child like simplicity in capturing and optimizing the nostalgic mood of the poem:

"And the sabbath rang slowly In the pebbles of the holy streams."


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