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Most contemporary American poetry is distinguished by themes of love, death, and loved ones. Dylan Thomas' poetry, however, doesn't fall to the standard contemporary mold. Rather than writing about social and intellectual issues using free verse, because most of his contemporaries failed, he wrote with overwhelming enthusiasm and intensity about his own life in strict poetic forms. Among the most famous poems is a villanelle, "Don't go gentle into that fantastic night", which he wrote about his dying dad. The poem, like most of his other poems, had a certain whimsical ring into it. The rhythms and sounds that he utilized were unlike anything anybody had seen during this time (1930s-1950s); his poems appeared to dance off of the paper. Even though he passed away at a fairly young age, Dylan Thomas left a lasting impression on the literary universe. Dylan Marlais Thomas was born and raised in Swansea, a coastal city on the Southwest shore of Wales. From a young age Thomas was subjected to various literature; all from Shakespeare to Mother Goose's nursery rhymes. His father, an English Literature professor at a local grammar school and also an amateur poet, encouraged Thomas to pursue his interest in poetry. In an early age Thomas found his love for its colorful pictures of D.H. Lawrence's poetry; that he was riveted from the detailed descriptions of the natural world. ("Dylan Thomas," Poets.org).) While attending college, Thomas excelling in reading and writing but was not too enthusiastic for any other subjects. At the age of sixteen he dropped out of college and started working as a junior reporter for a local book, the South Wales Daily Post. After a brief stint in the newspaper that he began to focus purely on his poetry; it had been now (1932-1934) which.