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R. S. Thomas to Rowan Williams

The Spiritual Imagination in Modern Welsh Poetry

A study of spirituality in modern Welsh poetry.
R. S. Thomas and Rowan Williams’s great religious poetry continued a well-established Welsh tradition. This book examines spiritual resonance in late-twentieth-century Welsh poetry, including writers as diverse as Saunders Lewis, Vernon Watkins, Waldo Williams, and Bobi Jones. With careful attention to poetic form and style, M. Wynn Thomas draws out each poet’s particular theological convictions and reveals an abundance of religious reverberations within secular Welsh culture.

312 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents

1Introduction: An Unfashionable Tradition

2‘Traffic-less Emmaeus’: Saunders Lewis

3‘The flashed mystery of the moving world’: Vernon Watkins

4‘Enfysu’/ Rainbowing: Euros Bowen

5Gwenallt: the Hieronymous Bosch of Wales

6Waldo Williams: King in Exile

7Bobi Jones: Court Poet to the Almighty

8Three Poets

9R.S.Thomas and the Tradition

Epilogue: the Case of Rowan Williams

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