The Collected Poems of Glyn Jones

Edited by Meic Stephens

The Collected Poems of Glyn Jones

Edited by Meic Stephens

Distributed for University of Wales Press

243 pages | 8 9/10 x 6 1/10 | © 1996
Cloth $8.00 ISBN: 9780708313886 Published December 1996 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
One of the most important writers of twentieth-century Wales, and a master of the short-story form, Glyn Jones regarded himself as primarily a poet. During a lifetime’s devotion to his craft, he wrote poems of exquisite subtlety and great power about the places and people which meant most to him. Many are set in Merthyr Tydfil, where he was born and brought up, in Cardiff, where he was for many years a teacher, and in rural Carmarthenshire, where his father’s people had their roots. 

This volume gathers all Glyn Jones’s previously published poems, together with a number which are published here for the first time. They include the complete text of `Seven Keys to Shaderdom’, a long, complex poem on which he worked during his last years, and in which he found some remarkable, sometimes disturbing things to say about the lot of the artist (whether writer or painter) in Wales today.

The editor, Meic Stephens, has provided notes on the provenance of the poems and thrown light on many of the allusions and uncommon words of which the poet was so fond. His chronology of the writer’s life and work, and valuable introduction by Mercer Simpson, are designed to help the student, teacher and general reader to a fuller appreciation of these fine poems.

Introduction by Mercer Simpson
Glyn Jones: a Chronology of his Life and Work

Part I: from Poems (1939)
Part II: from The Dream of Jake Hopkins and Other Poems (1954)
Part III: from Selected Poems (1975)
Part IV: Stanzas for the Harp
Part V: from Selected Poems: Fragments and Fictions (1988)
Notes on the poems

Appendix I: Imitations and early poems (1930-1938)
Notes on the poems in Appendix I
Appendix II: Later unpublished poems
Notes on the poems in Appendix II
Index of titles
Index of first lines
Review Quotes
Western Mail

“This is a scholarly volume, edited by one who has contributed to a critical assessment of Glyn Jones as a major writer. It has an excellent introduction and copious notes . . .” –Western Mail


“The book has a thoughtful introduction by Mercer Simpson, which not only makes perceptive judgements on the poetry but also puts the writer and his work into the context of his time.” –Planet

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