A Shrine to Wales’s Most Renowned Bard
Up on the hill in St. Martin’s churchyard, in the refreshingly uncommercialized town of Laugharne, a simple white cross marks the grave of Dylan Thomas, Wales’s most famous poet, and his wife, Caitlin.
There are still old-timers in town who remember him sitting in Brown’s Hotel, the local pub where he would regularly enjoy a pint. The nearby boathouse where he lived with his wife for the last years of his life has become a shrine in miniature. Thomas devotees come in a steady stream, attempting to grasp something of the man. His writing shed and home are just as he left them, filled with his papers, manuscripts, and furnishings.
It was here that he wrote some of his most famous works, including Under Milk Wood, his “play for voices” translated into the classic film in 1971 starring Welsh-born Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Peter O’Toole and filmed in nearby Fishguard.
The boathouse’s quiet setting overlooking the Taf estuary is lyrically beautiful: it takes little to imagine the pull it exerted on Thomas, who died at the age of thirty-nine in 1953, at New York City’s White Horse Tavern.