... He wrote poems because he was born with certain characteristics, among them great verbal ingenuity and a tortured
imagination. But students of Thomas, even friendly ones, have nagging doubts concerning the way he set about his craft. There is a feeling that at
times he is more interested in proving himself a poet than in getting on with the business of conveying whatever it is that he wants a poem to convey.
The desire to display himself to the world as an artist was very real to Thomas. ...
from Dylan Thomas: The Biography,
by Paul Ferris (2000)