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The Book of Taliesin: Poems of Warfare and Praise in an Enchanted Britain

by Rowan Williams and Gwyneth Lewis

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Published 27th June 2019, 304 pages
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The great work of Welsh literature, translated in full for the first time in over 100 years by two of its country’s foremost poets

Tennyson portrayed him, and wrote at least one poem under his name. Robert Graves was fascinated by what he saw as his work’s connection to a lost world of deeply buried folkloric memory. He is a shapeshifter; a seer; a chronicler of battles fought, by sword and with magic, between the ancient kingdoms of the British Isles; a bridge between old Welsh mythologies and the new Christian theology; a 6th-century Brythonic bard; and a legendary collective project spanning the centuries up to The Book of Taliesin ‘s compilation in 14th-century North Wales. He is, above all, no single ‘he’.

The figure of Taliesin is a mystery. But of the variety and quality of the poems written under his sign, of their power as exemplars of the force of ecstatic poetic imagination, and of the fascinating window they offer us onto a strange and visionary world, there can be no question. In the first volume to gather all of the poems from The Book of Taliesin since 1915, Gwyneth Lewis and Rowan Williams’s accessible translation makes these outrageous, arrogant, stumbling and joyful poems available to a new generation of readers.

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The Book of Taliesin: Poems of Warfare and Praise in an Enchanted Britain
by Rowan Williams and Gwyneth Lewis

ISBN
9780241381137

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
June 27, 2019

Dimensions
24.0cm x 16.2cm x 3.0cm

Page count
304 pages