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A Militant Muse, Harri Webb
Harri Webb
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<p>Harri Webb (1920-1994) was not only one of the most popular poets in Wales but also a plangent cultural commentator. He wrote extensively on literary and political subjects for more than three decades, in the <em>Western Mail</em> and several magazines.<br /><br />Writing from the political left (be it the Labour...
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<p>In collecting these essays Roland Mathias uses for his subjects the symbol of a wood, virtually unexplored, and until recently considered to be on the edge of a map of English literature. Mathias, as he puts it, is in &acute;possession of a different map, one on which the wood appears much closer to the centre&acute;, and &...
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A Straitened Stage: Saunders Lewis' Theatre
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<p>Saunders Lewis (1893-1985), poet, novelist, lecturer, founder of Plaid Cymru (the Welsh Nationalist Party) was also the greatest Welsh language playwright of the century. His nineteen plays are a peculiarly Welsh response to the crisis in European theatre of the 1890s, and make a distinctive contribution to mainstream European culture....
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Ancestral Lines, Linden Peach
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<p>Ancestral Lines explores poetry written away from the economic and cultural centre by six poets: Seamus Heaney, Tony Harrison, Douglas Dunn, Gillian Clarke, Sally Roberts Jones and Oliver Reynolds. Linden Peach sees them all as responsible for mapping locales: their work, he claims, is a voyage of geographical discovery for the literary...
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Adam Czerniawski
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<p>The poets of Poland witnessed sweeping changes throughout the twentieth century: often writing under repressive conditions, or in exile, their country is central to their work. Its plight has caused the very creative act to be questioned and reviewed.<br /><br />The essays in <em>The Mature Laurel</em> trace the...
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