Born on October 27, 1914, in Swansea, South Wales. His father was an English Literature professor at the local grammar school and would often recite Shakespeare to Thomas before he could read. He loved the sounds of nursery rhymes, foreshadowing his love for the rhythmic ballads of Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. B. Yeats, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Although both of his parents spoke fluent Welsh,
Thomas and his older sister never
learned the language, and
Thomas wrote exclusively in English.
Don't Go Gentle Into That Good Night