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Thomas' vacillating religious beliefs had a lot to do with his reckless lifestyle and love for the drink. He would often go out to the bars and be gone for hours at a time, leaving his worried wife and children oblivious to what he was doing. His wife soon found out about his problem, and became concerned. His drinking began to get out of control when he would get engaged in huge disputes and fights in public places. His drinking is what led to his eventual death in 1953 at age 39. He died of alcohol poisoning in his hotel room in New York City after an all night drinking binge.
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The poet evokes his joys, mysteries, wonders of childhood in his poem "Fern Hill" through a series of image. Dylan Thomas attached great importance to the use of imagery and an understanding of his imagery is essential for an understanding of his poetry. As he was a poet both of the sea and the woods, the sense and sights of the countryside, the various objects and phenomena of nature - are the most important sources of imagery in his poetry. Imagery of pain, diseases, decay and death as well as sexual imagery are also frequent. The poet's golden and sunlit child was happy in the song filled house.
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The solitary makes the isolation significant because he is always left by himself and he is stripped from humanity because of his deformity. Thomas has focused on this mans isolation from the community he lies in, and the normality of work and housing. Sitting there 'eating out of a newspaper,' the reader can feel how the Hunchback has in a way become part of the park. In this part of the poem the poet wants to describe the man as not being an individual which he in reality he is but someone paying for the deformity he has.
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Dylan Thomas uses these two lines throughout the whole poem but only uses those two instructions either at the beginning or the end of each stanza. W.H.Auden uses a lot of Instructions, in fact the whole poem is just instructions:" Stop all the clocks...''pack up the moon and dismantle the sun..." But none of the instructions are repeated at any other point in the poem. The Instructions work so well because it really expresses both poets' feelings about loosing a loved one, by telling people what to do.
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