Dylan Thomas's "The force that through the green fuse drives the flower" explores the relationship between time, creation, and destruction. The poem's speaker uses various metaphors to illustrate how all of existence is bound by the same driving "force": time. Time is what makes a flower bloom but also what makes it wilt; likewise, time makes the blood pulse through the speaker's veins but will also one day stop that blood from flowing. Yet the speaker can't "tell" the "crooked rose" nor the "mountain spring" that they're all part of the same cycle of life and death, growth and decay; though everyone and everything is subject to time, the poem implies that people experience time's passage alone. Thomas wrote this poem in 1933, when he was just 19 years old; it was published in his first collection, 18 Poems, in 1934.