Poet continues to divide views
IT is almost sixty years since Dylan Thomas died following a drinking session in New York, yet his legacy continues to divide people.
For some, he is a man who could articulate the human experience, of birth, life and death, without peer.
But for others, his talent is blurred by booze, their argument supported by the circumstances surrounding his death — when he collapsed after allegedly drinking 18 straight whiskies.
But was he, to use 21st century parlance, a binge drinker? And should his fondness for the bottle be reason not to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of Britain's greatest ever writers. Dylan had strong ties to Mumbles, but community councillor Brian Arthur has questioned whether it is right for the village to be celebrating such a 'bad role model'.
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In death, as in life, Dylan continues to polarise opinion.