Welsh Poetry of the French Revolution, 1789-1805

Author(s) Cathryn Charnell-White

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

Series: Wales and the French Revolution

  • March 2012 · 481 pages ·234x156mm

  • · Paperback - 9780708325285
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325292

About The Book

This anthology presents a selection of the poems with which Welsh writers living in Wales and London participated, through the medium of Welsh, to the controversy in Britain surrounding the French Revolution. These Welsh poems have been edited and translated into English for the first time ever. It also considers the cultural inheritance of the French Revolution in eisteddfodic poetry and poems to national heroes in which the competing notions of Welshness and Britishness come to the fore.


'This book is a unique resource, which places Welsh writing in the Revolutionary era in the context of Welsh nationality, traditional forms and the distinctive shape Crown loyalism took in Wales. Modern, acute and distinctive, it is key reading for any scholar wishing to study this topic'. Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow 'This major new anthology gives an entirely new perspective on the Revolution Controversy of the 1790s. Poetic accounts of the French Revolution are still usually associated with Wordsworth's 'bliss' at the Fall of the Bastille, and nearly always presented to us in English. This collection reveals the impact of events in France on Welsh poetry, and thanks to wonderfully helpful translations, enables English speakers to see the enthusiasm and despair it generated. Perhaps the best known of these poets is Iolo Morganwg, whose English poems have started to make some impact in the anglophone academy, but now his Welsh poems are available too, and provided with a context in the wider array of Welsh voices gathered together here. An eye opening volume!' Professor John Mee, University of Warwick


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About the Author(s)

Author(s): Cathryn Charnell-White

Dr Cathryn Charnell-White is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Welsh at Aberystwyth University.

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