Dylan Thomas's meters

Nigel Fabb, Morris Halle

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter applies to Dylan Thomas’s metrical poetry the theory of meter de-
veloped in collaboration with Carlos Piera in Fabb and Halle (2008). We explain
the various properties of the strict and loose meters used by Thomas. We also
discuss some poems which can be analyzed as simultaneously in two meters at
the same time: a strict syllable-counting meter and a loose stress-based meter.
These polymetrical poems may reflect the influence, possibly mediated through
Gerard Manley Hopkins, of the Welsh poetic tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOf Grammar, Words, and Verses
Subtitle of host publicationIn honor of Carlos Piera
EditorsEsther Torrego
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameLanguage Faculty and Beyond
PublisherJohn Benjamins


  • meter
  • Dylan Thomas
  • linguistics

Cite this

Fabb, N., & Halle, M. (2012). Dylan Thomas's meters. In E. Torrego (Ed.), Of Grammar, Words, and Verses : In honor of Carlos Piera (pp. 67-86). (Language Faculty and Beyond; Vol. 8)..