‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ shows that Dylan Thomas is essentially a lyricist. The central theme of the poem is resurrection which is stated and restated with variation and example. Thomas seems to be conducting a service for all the dead with the radiant hope of the ultimate revival and resurrection. The opening and the concluding lines of the first stanza is taken from the epistle of Apostle Paul to The Romans 6:9 which states, “The death he died, he died to sin once and for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” Rising again from the sea in the first and second stanzas is based on the Book of Revelation 20:13 which states, “The Sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them and each person was judge according to what he had done.”
The second stanza deals with martyrdom and the agony of life, but not that of hell from which there is no resurrection. Tortured men may lose faith, but for all that, they will uneconomically rise; for salvation is not by faith but by nature. Those who lie long shall not die windily under the windings of the sea. They shall not twist on racks when sinews give way. Though strapped to a wheel they shall not break. When faith in their hands shall snap in two, the unicorn evils shall run them through. Even if their faith split all ends up, they shall not crack.
No more sea-gulls shall cry at their ears nor do the waves break loud on the sea-shores. Where a flower is blown to a point that it may not lift its head to the blows of the rain. Though they may be blown like mad and dead as nails, the heads of the characters are hammered through daisies. They shall wait for the break of sunlight till the sun breaks down. The reign of death shall come to an end.