Ans. Poem in October is composed in 1944 and it is a birthday poem. When Dylan turned thirty. In this poem, the autobiographical elements are combined with the registers of time and memory to refer to experiences that grant a new perspective on life. But he feels sad to think that he has passed another year on the way to his death. A moment later his mind is filled with a kind of joy when looking around in the pleasant morning and he finds that the whole world belongs to him. He feels happy that he is greeted by many objects and creatures of nature such as the priest like herons sitting on the shore, the fish in the pool of water, the seagulls and the rooks, the boats sailing on the water. Summoned by the call of the birds and the beauties of nature, the poet walks out of the town towards the sea shore.
Dylan Thomas describes in great detail his thirtieth birthday which he celebrates in his hometown of Swansea, Wales a small fishing village. The poet’s birthday is a rainy autumn day in the month of October. He can see the water birds, and other birds flying over the farm house and the white coloured horses and to him it seems that they are proclaiming his name from above. The poet climbs up the hill and finds nature in different shapes. As he rides up the hill towards the top, he finds the weather hot there as in the summer season.
As the poet reaches the top of the hill, the harbour seems to dwindle in size and the distant church looks as small as a snail with horns, which signify the towers of the birthday in the world of wonder and delight, but the weather has changed.
He remembers the happy days of his childhood which he passed in Fern Hill, where was situated the farm of his aunt.
Thus the poet had, as a child, actually witnessed the fields and woods and now he sees them again through imagination. He remembers the tears he had shed as a child.
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