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RS Thomas was born in Cardiff. Ordained as an Anglican priest in 1936, life in the rural parishes of north Wales became the inspiration for much of his poetry. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal in 1964, and nominated for the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. A Penguin Modern Classics Selected Poems was published in 2004, followed by Bloodaxe’s Collected Later Poems (2004) and Uncollected Poems (2013), and the Seren collection R.S. Thomas: Poems for Elsi (2013). He died in 2000.