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“Poem in October” Summary | Dylan Thomas

“Poem in October” Summary | Dylan Thomas

Writer’s Intro:

Dylan Thomas– is a famous American poet born on October 27, 1914, in Uplands, Swansea, United Kingdom, and died on November 9, 1953, in Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States. “Poem in October” is one of his famous poen. So, we’ve written the summary of ” Poem in October”. 




“Poem in October” Summary

In the poem “Poem in October,” Dylan Thomas celebrates his 30th birthday. More precisely, he realizes that he has moved on to the next stage between death and paradise. But despite this depressing thought, the morning’s natural beauty fills his head with delight. Since he is a poet who loves nature, he discovers that everything in the natural world is wishing him a happy 30th birthday. 

In the first line of the first verse, the poet claims that on his thirty-first birthday, he awoke to the sounds of the sea. He describes Swansea, which is his hometown. As dawn approaches in Swansea, there is a subtle reverence in the air. Thomas claims that this is the reason why a heron appears to be “priesting” the coast.  He also claims  that the water looks to be praying to the heron priest.

Thomas has awakened from his condition of slumber thanks to the calls of birds like the seagull and the rook. Even though he is aware that the majority of the town’s residents are still asleep, he cannot help but get up and leave his residence. The sound of ships approaching the coast may then be heard. 

Thomas claims that the beginning of his thirty-first birthday was marked by water in the second verse. In the little village where he had grown up, farms and horses were prevalent. We can assume that Thomas believes that the wonders of nature exist only for him at this early hour, and that he is the only one who can witness their splendor.



Second part of “Poem in October,” Summary

As Thomas walks on, he begins to ascend a hill, at which point a heavy downpour begins. He can sense the other villagers in the hamlet waking up to wish him well as he crosses the gate separating the town from the hill and exits Swansea’s grounds.

The weather on the hillside is totally different from the weather in the woods that he has left behind, as Thomas explains in the third verse. Over the hill, the sun is shining brightly. There are so many blackbirds whistling that it gives the impression that their charming, musical chirps are filling the entire area.

However, he observes cold and wind in the woods below him. The “various temperatures and the wonderful singers” that Thomas has unexpectedly encountered on the hillside have pleased him.

In the fourth verse, Thomas describes how little objects appear when viewed from a significant height, such as the hillside on, in the fourth verse. As a result, the church in the harbor seems like a little snail, with its horns rising through the mist that the wet weather has created close to the water.

A brown castle is similar in that it makes him think of an owl. Beyond Swansea’s border, on the other hand, everything appeared to be towering beneath a sky filled with larks. Thomas claims he could gaze at Swansea’s sights for the entirety of his birthday, but the weather has changed and he has moved on.


Third part of “Poem in October,” Summary

In the fifth stanza, Thomas claims that the weather has changed, bringing with it a blue sky.  The vibrant, striking hues of fruits like apples, pears, and red currants (fruits that are edible and have a yellowish or brownish green hue).

The poet has been transported into the past along with the weather shift. He speaks fondly of his mother and the times they had as children. Here, Thomas skillfully recalls infancy, but he does so to demonstrate that, as a youngster. He was far more in tune with nature than he is right now, as he approaches the age of thirty.

In the sixth stanza, Thomas continues to feel sentimental and is brought to tears by the memories that have returned to him. He sheds the tears of his youth and goes through all the emotions that his tender heart previously felt. Thomas recalls how, as a young child, he interacted with the fish, stones, and trees. All significant components of Swansea’s landscape. He had always found nature mysterious.

Thomas claims once more in the seventh stanza that he could gaze at Swansea for the entirety of his birthday. The weather has changed and he has moved on. He still feels the same excitement as when he was a youngster and first encountered nature. Despite the headline plainly stating that his birthday is in October, as he stands at noon on his thirty-first birthday.  He strangely feels like it is summer. He hopes that the following year will be the same and that he will find delight in it.


The poem focuses on three themes: the preeminence of nature, childhood as a time of innocence, and alienation in adulthood.


This is  the end of “Poem in October” summary,  you can read more summary from 4th year:

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