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Dylan Thomas' Hometown Offers Glimpse into His Poetry

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Walking through Dylan Thomas' hometown can be like walking through one of his poems. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

In Laugharne, Wales, you can walk through one of Dylan Thomas’ poems.

"This is the mecca for the work of Dylan Thomas. This place inspired him, so if you want to understand Dylan’s poetry, this is the place you must come," says Laugharne Mayor Bob Stevens.

Laugharne is a fishing village on the River Taff, where Dylan Thomas eventually settled down with his family.

Stevens is the creator of the Birthday Walk, a mile long path, cutting through his land, overlooking an estuary—a location that inspired Thomas to write Poem in October.

Long before this path became a tourist attraction, Hannah Ellis walked it with her late mother, the daughter of Dylan Thomas, who spent quiet moments, traipsing with her dad.

Today, people come to ponder the poet’s prose, whether it is their birthday or not.

"He’s moving on through life in the poem," says one visitor. 

De'Elia: "This year marks the 100th anniversary of your grandfather’s birth. If you had one question for him..."
Ellis: "The question always keeps coming to mind—who is the real Dylan Thomas, because there are so many different stories."

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