Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) “epitomized what all the Beat poets, and Bob Dylan after them aspired to be” –David Boucher. He was exceptionally talented at young age, publishing half of his total body of work before he was 21. He was also a heavy drinker, dying (like Neal Cassaday, Jack Kerouac, and so many writers after him) at a young age from alcohol-related complications. Famously his last drinks were in the White Horse Tavern in New York City, which Kerouac also frequented. Thomas’ influence can be seen, not only in the poetry of the beats, but in Bob Dylan’s stage name which was chosen in his honor.
Here Anthony Hopkins reads what is arguable Thomas’s most famous poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.”
Dani Garavelli “Rage of Doomed Poet Dylan Thomas” http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/dani-garavelli-rage-of-doomed-poet-dylan-thomas-1-3290227