Comparing Welsh Landscape, Small Window and Reservoirs
In this essay I am going to discuss, compare and contrast the three
poems written by R.S Thomas. The three poems arse based on Wales and
Welshness. R.S Thomas' views are very clear in these poems.
R.S Thomas was brought was brought up in Cardiff in a non-Welsh
speaking community. R.S Thomas did not learn how to speak Welsh until
he moved to Welsh speaking communities. When R.S Thomas wrote these
poems he felt as if he couldn't express himself as good as he could in
the English language, So he decided not to write his poems in welsh
and wrote them through the English language.
The first poem I am going to discuss is "The Small Window".This poem
was written by R.S Thomas as a reaction to the phenomenon in the 20th
century.The phenomenon first accured in small villages in Penrhyn-Llyn
when people from England came to Penrhyn-Llyn and offerd the welsh so
much money they would not refuse to move out of their homes and turn
them into holiday homes.Welsh people felt bitter over the
situation.The welsh people decided it was wrong what the English had
done too such small villages of Penrhyn-Llyn and the only way the
Welsh could express their feelings was to burn down all the holiday
At the beginning of this poem we were unaware of what the poem is
about and what Thomas is trying to say, But after knowing the
background of the poem Thomas' views become clear that he his talking
about the arson attacks that had gone on in the villages.
The poem opens with a delightful sentence which brings imagery too
your mind as you read the first stanza.
" In Wales there arse jewels"
Thomas expresses Wales in a good mannor and it emphasises at least one
good thing about Wales and also it bring's the poem to life.
Also there is some ambiguity and enjambement in the first few lines of
the stanza. Enjambement emphasises the word which is carried on into
the next line by using this device it's making the poem more effective
and bringin more attention to whatever he is trying to say
"A hill lights up
Suddenly; a field trembles
With colour and goes out
In it's turn"
Thomas is describing the arson attacks in a delightful way and is
trying to make things sound that Wales is a bad place where lots of
bad things go on.
R.S Thomas' views on Wales are very clear in this poem. Imagery is one
of the main key elements all through the poem and most words are based
on nature and material wealth. Thomas' uses a device such as extended
metaphor, these create a good effect and helps Thomas express his
"Wealth" "Jewels" "rich"
By using words associated with nature and material wealth it is giving
me the impression that Thomas is proud of what we have in Wales and