It was his bolt-hole when, as a teenager, he was "expelled" from home, and his refuge when, in married life, he was homeless.It was, too, the last resting place for Florence's parents, and for most of her brothers and sisters as well.My husband and I have been to Hawaii many times since we were married on Lanai in 2006.
Dylan was a lot more Welsh than Swansea, and these various aunts had much to do with it.
Caitlin has written of the aunts that Dylan “couldn’t stand their company for more than five minutes.” Yet, she added, “They were the background from which he had sprung, and he needed that background all his life, like a tree needs roots.” Geographically, this was the Llansteffan peninsula that lies between the Taf and Tywi estuaries in Carmarthenshire.
She never married, and was another responsible for a good deal of the spoiling of Dylan, both in Swansea and at her cottage, Blaencwm, outside Llangain.
The most striking characteristic of these aunts is their age: the oldest, Annie Fernhill, was in her sixties, and the youngest, Theodosia, in her fifties, when Dylan, a schoolboy, went to stay with them.
So the more we know about Dylan’s early years, the better we might understand his poetry, as well as other aspects of his life, including his difficulties with drink and women.
We might also learn more about his infantilism, which some see as the source of his genius.
I'm starting to think we should cancel and go to stay at Turtle Bay!
As the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth approaches, it’s timely to wonder about his childhood and teenage years. Much of his published poetry was written in his late teens, some as early as sixteen, but all before he was twenty.
Born in October 1914, Dylan was the first boy in his mother Florence’s close family for over sixteen years.