The power of a spoken poem

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Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was recording some BBC broadcasts when he wrote his signature poem "Do not go gentle into that good night," Maria Popova writes: "Perhaps because his broadcasting experience had attuned his inner ear to his outer ear and instilled in him an even keener sense of the rhythmic sonority of the spoken word, he wrote a poem tenfold more powerful when channeled through the human voice than when read in the contemplative silence of the mind’s eye."