An unassuming ripped page from an old magazine stuck between the pages of a book ? this was where Dylan Thomas? poem entitled ?A Dream of Winter? was discovered by Allan Wilcox and Swansea University professor John Goodby.
Welsh poet and Swansea-born Thomas, known for his works such as ?Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night? and ?Under Milk Wood?, is one of Britain?s well-loved writers who died in 1953 at the age of 39.
The poem was first published in 1942 on the British magazine called Lilliput, years before Thomas became famous. The publication went out of print just before World War II.
According to BBC, the poem has eight verses of three lines with ?imagery of a birdless wood, snow and ?singing statures.??
Welsh actor Celyn Jones will be reading the poem at an exclusive event in London on Friday in front of an invited audience. Jones played the role of Thomas in the biopic ?Set Fire To Our Stars? that also starred Lord of The Rings actor Elijah Wood. The 2014 film marked Thomas? birth centenary and was filmed in the poet?s hometown.
“When I got the call asking if I would do the honour and read it aloud, there was no way I could say no,” Jones said in an interview with BBC.
“It’s the literary equivalent of a lost Beatles track. It’s a beautiful poem and is full of the classic Dylan traits,” he added.
Aside from the reading, a painting by artist Dan Llywelyn will also be unveiled at the same event, a work inspired by the said poem.
The book in which the clipping was found was a collection of Thomas? works that was compiled by Professor Goodby.
“I had never come across the poem before – though there were fleeting references to it in some of Dylan’s letters,” Goodby told BBC. “When I finally saw it I couldn’t believe it.”
“It is amazing it went undiscovered for so long, but at the time it was published the poem would not been as significant as it is now,” the professor added.