Welsh Retrospective

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Welsh Retrospective is a selection of poems about his native Wales by one of Britain's most popular poets. Dannie Abse's Welsh and Jewish backgrounds have been essential to his writings. Wales and Cardiff, in particular, have haunted his imagination. In this revealing new book book he writes movingly about the Cardiff of his childhood, home of his beloved Bluebirds football team, and also about the small village of Ogmore-by-Sea, location of early holidays and for many years his home in Wales. Selected from the ...
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Overview

Welsh Retrospective is a selection of poems about his native Wales by one of Britain's most popular poets. Dannie Abse's Welsh and Jewish backgrounds have been essential to his writings. Wales and Cardiff, in particular, have haunted his imagination. In this revealing new book book he writes movingly about the Cardiff of his childhood, home of his beloved Bluebirds football team, and also about the small village of Ogmore-by-Sea, location of early holidays and for many years his home in Wales. Selected from the whole of Dannie Abse's writing career, the book includes such well known and well-loved poems as "Return to Cardiff" and "In the Theatre" alongside many previously uncollected poems. Abse's range is remarkable. Vivid character portraits of Aunt Alice and Cousin Sidney sit next to tributes to poet predecessors, Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins. Some poems draw on Jewish writings, others on Welsh language literature. Welsh Retrospective gives fascinating insights into Dannie Abse's Wales and his verstility as a poet. His Wales is anything but parochial, his poems effortlessly universal. Every reader will be struck by a poet who has a gift for accepting mortality with wise optimism. The book is edited by Cary Archard who provides an introduction and notes on the poems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854112019
  • Publisher: Seren
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Leaving Cardiff 11
Musical Moments 12
Horse 15
Red Balloon 17
Down the M4 19
Return to Cardiff 20
The Game 21
Cricket Ball 23
Welsh Valley Cinema, 1930s 24
Arianrhod 25
Lament of Heledd 26
The Boasts of Hywel ab Owain Gwynedd 28
Meurig Dafydd to His Mistress 29
Elegy for Dylan Thomas 30
A Sea-shell for Vernon Watkins 31
A Heritage 32
An Old Commitment 33
Altercation in Splott 34
Assimilation 36
The Mistake 37
Spiked 38
In the Welsh National Museum 39
In Llandough Hospital 41
Case History 42
In the Theatre 43
A Prescription 44
The Silence of Tudor Evans 46
Sons 47
Imitations 48
Two Photographs 49
Cousin Sidney 50
The Death of Aunt Alice 51
Uncle Isidore 52
A Winter Visit 53
Last Visit to 198 Cathedral Road 54
Progress 55
Quests 56
At Ogmore-by-Sea this August Evening 57
A Letter from Ogmore 58
A Wall 60
Notes 61
Selected Bibliography 69
Acknowledgements 71
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