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R.S. Thomas

Data urodzenia: 29. Marzec 1913
Data zgonu: 25. Wrzesień 2000

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Ronald Stuart Thomas - walijski poeta tworzący w języku angielskim, duchowny w narodowym Kościele walijskim.

Podpisywał się R.S. Thomas. W 1936 roku został diakonem, a w 1937 pastorem. W latach 1936-1978 sprawował posługę w sześciu miejscowościach w Walii, począwszy od górniczej wioski Chirk. Tworzył lirykę refleksyjną, inspirowaną krajobrazem i folklorem Walii, jak również poezję religijną. Był autorem zbiorów Song at the Year's Turning , Tares , Not That He Brought Flowers , Laboratories of the Spirit , Welsh Aires , Mass for Hard Times . Ronald Stuart Thomas był lokalnym walijskim patriotą, choć tworzył w języku angielskim. Bohaterem wielu wierszy poety jest Iago Prytherch, typowy Walijczyk. Napisał także autobiografię w języku walijskim pt. Neb . Na uniwersytecie w Bangor działa jednostka poswięcona badaniom nad jego liryką. W Polsce wydano wybór jego wierszy w tłumaczeniu Andrzeja Szuby z posłowiem Jerzego Jarniewicza. Monografię poświęconą poecie napisał Przemysław Michalski. Esej o jego twórczości przedstawiła również Joanna Soćko.

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Cytaty R.S. Thomas

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„Ah, what balance is needed at
the edges of such an abyss.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Ah, what balance is needed at the edges of such an abyss. I am left alone on the surface of a turning planet. What to do but, like Michelangelo’s Adam, put my hand out into unknown space, hoping for the reciprocating touch? "Threshold", p. 110

„Deliver me from the long drought
of the mind.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Deliver me from the long drought of the mind. Let leaves from the deciduous Cross fall on us, washing us clean, turning our autumn to gold by the affluence of their fountain. "Prayer", p. 10

„Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: On seeing his shadow fall on such ancient rocks, he had to question himself in a different context and ask the same old question as before, "Who am I?", and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, "No-one." But a no-one with a crown of light about his head. He would remember a verse from Pindar: "Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet." Neb [No-one] (1985)

„Even God had a Welsh name:
He spoke to him in the old language“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Even God had a Welsh name: He spoke to him in the old language; He was to have a peculiar care For the Welsh people. History showed us He was too big to be nailed to the wall Of a stone chapel, yet still we crammed him Between the boards of a black book. "A Welsh Testament"

„Yet men sought us despite this.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Yet men sought us despite this. My high cheek-bones, my length of skull Drew them as to a rare portrait By a dead master. I saw them stare From their long cars, as I passed knee-deep In ewes and wethers. I saw them stand By the thorn hedges, watching me string The far flocks on a shrill whistle. And always there was their eyes; strong Pressure on me: You are Welsh, they said; Speak to us so; keep your fields free Of the smell of petrol, the loud roar Of hot tractors; we must have peace And quietness. "A Welsh Testament"

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„I think that so much of our Christian beliefs … are an attempt to convey through language something which is unsayable.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: True Christianity at its most profound is as good as you get. … I think I've been lucky in the period which I've lived through because obviously I would have been for the chop in earlier days. The Inquisition would have rooted me out; even in the 19th century I would probably have been had up by a Bishop and asked to change my views, or to keep them to myself etc.... I think that so much of our Christian beliefs … are an attempt to convey through language something which is unsayable. "R. S. Thomas in conversation with Molly Price-Owen" in The David Jones Journal R. S. Thomas Special Issue (Summer/Autumn 2001)

„God in his time
Or out of time will correct this.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: They left no books, Memorial to their lonely thought In grey parishes: rather they wrote On men's hearts and in the minds Of young children sublime words Too soon forgotten. God in his time Or out of time will correct this. "The Country Clergy"

„Any form of orthodoxy is just not part of a poet's province … A poet must be able to claim … freedom to follow the vision of poetry, the imaginative vision of poetry … And in any case, poetry is religion, religion is poetry.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Any form of orthodoxy is just not part of a poet's province … A poet must be able to claim … freedom to follow the vision of poetry, the imaginative vision of poetry … And in any case, poetry is religion, religion is poetry. The message of the New Testament is poetry. Christ was a poet, the New Testament is metaphor, the Resurrection is a metaphor; and I feel perfectly within my rights in approaching my whole vocation as priest and preacher as one who is to present poetry; and when I preach poetry I am preaching Christianity, and when one discusses Christianity one is discussing poetry in its imaginative aspects. … My work as a poet has to deal with the presentation of imaginative truth. R. S. Thomas : Priest and Poet, BBC TV (2 April 1972)

„He was too big to be nailed to the wall
Of a stone chapel, yet still we crammed him
Between the boards of a black book.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Even God had a Welsh name: He spoke to him in the old language; He was to have a peculiar care For the Welsh people. History showed us He was too big to be nailed to the wall Of a stone chapel, yet still we crammed him Between the boards of a black book. "A Welsh Testament"

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„Man, you must sweat
And rhyme your guts taut, if you'd build
Your verse a ladder.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: Natural, hell! What was it Chaucer Said once about the long toil that goes like blood to the poems making? Leave it to nature and the verse sprawls, Limp as bindweed, if it break at all Life's iron crust Man, you must sweat And rhyme your guts taut, if you'd build Your verse a ladder. "Poetry For Supper"

„The nearest we approach God…is as creative beings.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: The nearest we approach God…is as creative beings. The poet, by echoing the primary imagination, recreates. Through his work he forces those who read him to do the same, thus bringing them... nearer to the actual being of God as displayed in action. The Penguin Book of Religious Verse (1963), p. 8

„It is alive. It is you,
God. Looking out I can see
no death.“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: It is alive. It is you, God. Looking out I can see no death. The earth moves, the sea moves, the wind goes on its exuberant journeys. Many creatures reflect you, the flowers your color, the tides the precision of your calculations. There is nothing too ample for you to overflow, nothing so small that your workmanship is not revealed. "Alive", p. 51

„You cannot find the centre
Where we dance“

—  R.S. Thomas
Context: You cannot find the centre Where we dance, where we play, Where life is still asleep Under the closed flower, Under the smooth shell Of eggs in the cupped nest That mock the faded blue Of your remoter heaven. "Children’s Song"

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