Under Milk Wood

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was born 100 years ago this year. I first came across these lines in a school copy of his “play for voices”.

SECOND VOICE
Willy Nilly, postman, asleep up street, walks fourteen miles to deliver the post as he does every day of the night, and rat-a-tats hard and sharp on Mrs Willy Nilly.

MRS WILLY NILLY
Don’t spank me, please, teacher,

SECOND VOICE
whimpers his wife at his side, but every night of her married life she has been late for school.

The pop artist Peter Blake – best known for his cover of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album – has been working on a series of pictures inspired by Milk Wood since the 1980s and this year they are being exhibited for the first time. The documentary Under Milk Wood in
Pictures
included his painting of Willy Nilly the postman and his wife enjoying some teacher-pupil role-play.

I’ve added a second clip of the extract being recorded in New York (where Thomas died in 1953). It’s from a TV drama called Dylan Thomas: A Poet in New York.

2 thoughts on “Under Milk Wood”

  1. That part of Milkwood always stood out when I first heard it many, many years ago. Funnily enough my most recent spankee, here in Australia, was a young lady originally from Wales. Must be something in the Welsh air.

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