Cutting up the prologue of Under Milk Wood

Every day this week I will be sharing a series of interesting films, videos and recordings ‘inspired by Dylan Thomas’ to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day on May 14th.

Cut-up Poetry

On International Dylan Thomas Day 2017,  the Love the Words competition asked young people aged 7-25, anywhere in the world, to ‘cut up’ the first few paragraphs of Dylan’s Under Milk Wood and use these to create their own visual verse which were then shared on Twitter.

Cut-up poetry was a style invented by the surrealists and favoured, later on, by the beat poets, many of whom – Allen Ginsberg in particular – were fans of Dylan’s work.

We received entries from all over the UK, as well as the USA, and then I selected my favourites which you can see below.

The Welsh language entries for Love the Words were selected by poet and rapper Rufus Mufasa.

I thought it would be a good idea to share this activity again to encourage people, of all ages, to have a go at ‘cut-up poetry’.  It’s just for fun but if you would like, you can share your results on social media or in the comments section of the blog.

You will find two links below.  First is the text of Under Milk Wood and Dan y Wenallt that you can use to create your poem, and then for inspiration, you will find images of the cut-up poems I selected to share on this website on International Dylan Day 2017.

The links are available from 10th May for two weeks.






Gianina Dwek (20)


Emma, 11


TH (16)
Bishop of Llandaff Marion Centre


Lleu, 7


Lucy (9) & Anum (9)
Sully Primary School


Ruby (8)
Sully Primary School


MJ (14)
Bishop of Llandaff Marion Centre


Eva (8th grade)


Danylo Thomas-Ganchak (8)


Carter (14)
Ravensbourne School


Bella, 8



Bryony G. Streets


Daniel Gillespie (25)



Hannah Ellis – 10th May 2018.

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