The hungry Life Force in Dylan Thomas 

The force that is illustrated by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) in his poem “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” is the powerful force that runs the whole universe including man. This force is responsible for the creation and destruction. It occurs not only in the human world but in the world of animals and vegetables. Dylan Thomas says,  

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower 

Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees 

More Notes: Dylan Thomas

At a glance, this force may seem as God. But Dylan Thomas never feels so. He never attributes any divine character throughout the poem.   

Critics refer that this force may be the “Life Force” of G B Shaw. Again, they give the concept that this force may be a sexual urge. It helps to drive forward the universal circle. Undoubtedly sexual urge is a powerful and supreme source of nature and the human body. Dylan Thomas illustrated the life force as a mechanical process by the use of the word “Fuse” in the very opening line of the poem.  

Rashedul Islam
Rashedul Islam

Hi, This is Rashedul. Researcher and lecturer of English literature and Linguistics.

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