RS Thomas was the greatest religious poet writing in English in the 20th century, but the 270 poems he chose for this definitive selection reveal a wide range of themes and concerns. He was a passionate Welsh patriot, but also an outspoken critic of his countrymen. His poems are an expression of his lifelong argument with himself, of his insistent search for God. In them he grapples with ideas of Welshness, with issues of technology, pollution, the decline of culture. He wrote too about love, about landscape, nature and birds. His is an urgent, prophetic and unique voice.
RS Thomas was born in 1913 and ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1936, He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1964. His great passion was the Welsh language, and he was an outspoken campaigner on political issues. He died in 2000.
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