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Title: A study of R.S. Thomas's literary achievement with a full bibliography
Author: Anstey, S. J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3425 1287
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1980
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This thesis is a study of R. S. Thomas's development as a writer of poetry and prose. It shows that his earliest poetry is in rather a romantic vein, and that this is soon overtaken by an earthier and more sceptical approach to the subject. In developing the new attitude R. S. Thomas creates certain figures that stand as significant types, for instance Iago T*Lherch. Wales and the Welsh way of life feature prominently in R. S. Thomas's poetry, but in the last decade religious concerns have come to the fore. These sane themes are also found in R. S. Thomas's prose, but there an interest in Welsh affairs still remains strong to the present day. Much previously undocumented material is introduced in this thesis in the form of the author's recorded interviews with R. S. Thomas and correspondence with many who are familiar with aspects of his work, information by and about him that has so far been broadcast but not printed, and some of his early unpublished holograph poems. As a supplement to the argument presented in Part I of this thesis, Part II provides the first detailed index of R. S. Thomas's poems. Here each poem is, for ease of reference, listed alphabetically as well as chronologically (under the year of its first appearance). In the latter list the name of each poem is followed by references to each occasion on which it has been published (up to and including its collection in a volume of the poet's work) plus details of variant readings that came to light when the listed texts are compared.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature