World Poetry Day – In My Craft or Sullen Art

It’s World Poetry Day – a time to appreciate and rediscover one of the finest forms of literature. There’s a poetic style and voice to suit every reader, from the humour of Pam Ayres to the grim beauty of Philip Larkin. We think there is much to be said for a comfy chair, a glass of wine and a good poetry anthology. Lyrical and evocative, one of our favourite poets is Dylan Thomas – and it’s his ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’ that we think is a very fitting tribute to this literary day.

In My Craft or Sullen Art
By Dylan Thomas

In my craft or sullen art
Exercised in the still night
When only the moon rages
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms,
I labour by singing light
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages
Of their most secret heart.

Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages,
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.

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