Famous Welsh poet and author Dylan Thomas was born in Wales on 27th October 1914, and passed away on 9th November 1953 in America. He wrote “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” in 1933. This classic work of literature is frequently read at funerals to provide consolation and hope to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
The funeral poem discusses the immortality of life and how death cannot defeat it. According to Thomas, love endures even beyond passing away in all its delights, suffering, and beauty. The verse reads like a wish or plea for life to continue after death.
And Death Shall Have No Dominion
The TV show “Silent Witness,” in which Dr Nikki Alexander, a character played by Emilia Fox, read the poem which is one of the most well-known modern uses of the poem. The concept of the poem—that death has no control over us—was an appropriate homage to the program’s subject matter, which frequently dealt with death and the effects of violent crime.
Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly also created and released a song based on the poem.
This moving poetry has comforted many bereaved and touched countless hearts. Its lasting influence makes it a perfect choice for funerals, as its timeless message will likely give those grieving hope and comfort.
And Death Shall Have no Dominion – Please click to view poem
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