The Bright Field BY R.S. THOMAS

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I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
What I like about it is its postive attitude to life and faith the hope in all our hurriedness that until we stop we canot really take it in and that we must stop to see its real beauty  and so it si with faith.
RS Thomas
Renowned Welsh poet nominated for Nobel Prize.
Place of Birth:
Ronald Stuart Thomas is one of Wales’ most prominent poets and, as a sign of his contributions, was nominated for the Nobel prize for literature.He was raised and educated in Holyhead and, after graduating from Bangor University, became a minister for the Church in Wales.

RS Thomas’ poetical works are usually divided into two periods of his life. As a Minister in Trefaldwyn and Ceredigion, his work mostly concerns the lives and politics of the Welsh rural communities, as depicted in Reservoir and Looking at Sheep.

Following his move to Aberdaron in 1967, RS Thomas turns to religion as a theme and explored his difficult relationship with God. Examples of work from this time include Echoes, The Bright Field and The Bush.

He also wrote many non-poetical works in Welsh, including his autobiography, Neb (No One). He retired to Llanfairynghornwy, Anglesey, in 1978 before moving to Pentre Felin, Criccieth where he died in 2000.



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