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Richard Burton reads 'The Hand that signed the Paper', a poem by Dylan Thomas

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Published on Nov 18, 2010

A short but powerful poem by the great Welsh poet, sublimely read by his fellow-countryman Richard Burton.

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Dylan Thomas's "The Hand That Signed the Paper" consists of four quatrains that deride the cruel impersonality and wholesale destructiveness of modern politics and warfare. It is a universal war protest poem that expresses profound contempt for political leaders as a whole. They exhibit an absence of true feeling for their fellow human beings in their self-interested and pitiless handling of international conflicts and disputes. The poem scorns these irresponsible and coolly malevolent figures who have arrogantly set themselves up as the ultimate authorities

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