About the Poet: Dylan Thomas
Detailed Poem Analysis:
Every morning when I wake,
Dear Lord, a little prayer I make,
O please do keep Thy loving eye
On all poor creatures born to die
The speaker is praying to God to love and keep the eyes on all living creatures eternally in this stanza. He prays to God not only for his personal protection but also for the protection of all poor creatures in the world between their birth and death.
And every evening at sun-down
I ask a blessing on the town,
For whether we last the night or no
I’m sure is always touch-and-go.
The speaker discusses the uncertainty of life and death in this stanza. He is unclear whether or not the night is the final night of the city’s residents, but he always prays that the almighty would make everything right and protect them from any danger. Before going to sleep, the speaker prays to God, but he is not sure whether he’ll see them again in the morning, so he asks God to bless them.
We are not wholly bad or good
Who live our lives under Milk Wood,
And Thou, I know, wilt be the first
To see our best side, not our worst.
In this stanza, the speaker tries to make us clear that none of us is totally good or bad. We may be kind or cruel in the course of our everyday lives, but only God knows our finest selves. In this manner, the speaker prays to God, asking for him to keep them alive till the next day. The speaker, in particular, symbolizes Milk Wood town and ensures that they are neither completely bad nor completely good. People may judge them in their own way; it all relies on one’s point of view on how he judges others. However, the speaker seemed to be confident that God understands the better side of the Milk Wood people. He also asks god to look at the positive side of the people, not the bad side.
O let us see another day!
Bless us all this night, I pray,
And to the sun we all will bow
And say, good-bye – but just for now!
In the last stanza, the speaker tries to conclude his prayers. The speaker hopes that the night will pass quickly and that the lovely day will return. The imagery in this poem is of the night. It refers to the hardships, stress, and difficult days of him and the town’s people. And he prays for the Almighty’s assistance in their difficult times. The final Goodbye symbolizes the conclusion of a prayer. This time, the speaker says his or her goodbye, but he or she is aware that they will be temporary and the next day will be the new beginning by god’s grace.