‘No-one with a crown of light’
in R. S. Thomas

This chapter considers a detailed investigation of R. S. Thomas's poems as a guide to the crucial aspects of his own project of poetic autobiography. In his autobiography, No-one, R. S. Thomas recounts his reaction to the sight of his shadow falling on the pre-Cambrian rocks at Braich y Pwll on the Llyn peninsula. A no-one with a crown of light about his head is clearly not merely someone, but someone of importance, a glorified someone, a saint or a god. The chapter discusses ideas that comprise the points of departure in a study of Thomas's poetry as autobiography. These points are more particular and subtle elements which can be seen to arise from some foundations of Thomas's project that are discussed.

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R. S. Thomas

Identity, environment, and deity

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