The Welsh poet RS Thomas’s A Marriage is the most haunting love poem I have read since Wordsworth’s Lucy poems, such as She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways. We don’t know who Lucy was, but Thomas’s poem is about his own wife, his own marriage.
Thomas, born in 1913, was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1936 and four years later married Mildred “Elsie” Eldridge, an English artist, in 1940, during the Second World War. She died in 1991. Thomas wrote the poem in his bereavement. I read it for the first time in the Poetry Please: Love Poems anthology. It has been praised as one of the most moving and lyrical love poems in English. It’s too sad for words. I didn’t want to save and remember it. But I couldn’t get it out of my mind. So here it is.Continue Reading