English Poem The Vanishing Village (R. S. Thomas) Reference Context Explanation
Reference, Context and Explanation
Lines 1-8: Scarcely a street … of time passed.
The poet tells us in these lines about the deserted village. There are only a few houses in a street which goes on the top of the hill. Later on, the street comes to an end: it leads nowhere. There is also one shop and one inn in the village. The street is overgrown at both sides with greenery. It is the last outpost/hall mark of the village but slowly and steadily this mark is vanishing with the onward rush of time.
Lines 9-13: So little happens … two dimensions.
Nothing of any importance happens in this disappearing and deserted village. The poet can see a historic and old black dog sitting in the sun and moving its tail to crack/strike at the fleas that are sticking to its skin and disturbing it. The dog is a symbol of the destroyed “present” of the village. But just there is also a “future” _ it is the girl who is going from one door to another. She cannot be captured through the two dimensions of time and space of the gentle “present” day as she is a symbol of future. She guarantees a better future for the village through her third dimensions: her enthusiastic spirit and soul.