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Christopher Morgan

: ‘Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet.’ (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

in R. S. Thomas