By Richard McLauchlan
R. S. Thomas is known globally as one of many significant poets of the 20 th century. Such special realization as has been paid to the non secular dimensions of his paintings has, even if, principally restricted itself to such concerns as his obsession with the ‘absent God’, his appalled fascination with the combined cruelty and sweetness of a divinely created international, his curiosity within the world-view of the ‘new physics’, and his more and more heterodox stance on religious issues. What has been principally overlooked is his primary indebtedness to key good points of the ‘classic’ Christian culture. This booklet concentrates on one robust and compelling instance of this, interpreting Thomas’s nice physique of spiritual paintings within the gentle of the 3 days that shape the centre of the Gospel narrative; the times which inform of the dying, entombment and resurrection of Christ.
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