Kneeling: R S Thomas

This short portrait of R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) was shown in December 1995 by Bookmark after he had been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1996 (which went to Seamus Heaney). With commentary by Griff Rhys Jones and Denis Healey, it includes Thomas reading two poems, ‘Children’s Song’ and ‘The Other’. Filmed mainly on Anglesey, where Thomas lived in his retirement, the film features his former parishes of Aberdaron on Lleyn and Manafon in mid-Wales (with some archive footage from 1963). R.S. Thomas’s later poetry was published by Bloodaxe

I have re-blogged the beginning of one of my favourite R S Thomas poems from my new friend Russell Boyle, who loves poetry. You can read the rest of it on his blog (which I recommend for all lovers of poetry) here.

Moments of great calm,
Kneeling before an altar
Of wood in a stone church
In summer, waiting for the God
To speak; the air a staircase
For silence…

Posted on February 24, 2013 by


About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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4 Responses to Kneeling: R S Thomas

  1. russellboyle says:

    Thank you, Alexa, for this link and also for the marvellous short portrait of RST. Ronald Stuart Thomas will live on as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century and, in his words, “as a man who loved the open air, loved the things of this earth and was given the ability to both hear and see them.”

  2. layanglicana says:

    Actually, I am Laura rather than Alexa, but I am thinking of adopting that as my middle name in the hope it will bost my alexa ratings 🙂

  3. Perhaps because of my Adblock Plus settings I couldn’t see either the video or the link above – for others in the same boat, it’s

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