Dir. Jessica Lim (2012-13)
'Under Milkwood' is a rhythmic-heavy, lyrical-spiralling, wonderfully visual poem by Dylan Thomas about the (false) town of Llareggub and describes its occupants, and focuses in on a sea captain who dreams of his former sailors lost at sea, and their dreamy, ghostly conversations. It is a long poem, intricate with such wonderful pacing, readers and listeners will be entranced. It is read by Richard Burton.
Here is the section of the poem that has been animated:
"Listen. Time passes.
Come closer now.
Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night. Only you can see in the blinded bedrooms, the combs and petticoats over the chairs, the jugs and basins, the glasses of teeth, Thou Shalt Not on the wall, and the yellowing, dickybird-watching pictures of the dead. Only you can hear and see, behind the eyes of the sleepers, the movements and countries and mazes and colours and dismays and rainbows and tunes and wishes and flight and fall and despairs and big seas of their dreams.
From where you are, you can hear their dreams."
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