: ‘Man is a dream about a shadow.
But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes
to him and his lifeissweet.’ (78)
The quotation briefly highlights, in a three-part progression, the project
of the self which, for R. S. Thomas, is integral to the project of poetry.
In its first phase the experience raises the recurring question of identity
for the poet: ‘Who am I?’ Immediately following that question, in phase
two of the progression, comes the equally emphatic and recurring answer
to the question: ‘No-one’. Phase three begins the new paragraph and