By Dafydd Ap Gwilym, Richard Morgan Loomis

ISBN-10: 0866980156

ISBN-13: 9780866980159

Dafydd ap Gwilym, 14th cent. Dafydd ap Gwilym: the poems. Translation and remark through Richard Morgan Loomis; illustrations by means of Mary Guerriere Loomis. Binghamton, N.Y.: heart for Medieval & Early Renaissance experiences, 1982, 346 p, notes, bib, word list, index, illus, maps. first-class, fresh tight replica.

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Dafydd often 31 applies the term to but with tones from Housman or Shakespeare that may make the term less ordinary, less plain and modest than it is. Like boy in the United States, the word can be used condescendingly. In such cases, I usually translate it as fellow, sometimes as boy. himself. Lad says it, hoyw. one of Dafydd's favorites. means: It lively, active, sprightly, nimble, brisk, cheerful, vivacious. A wonderful word in every way, the more wonderful for being short and simple. The English equivalents have adornment, or sweetness that are not irrelevant but which divert us from the Welsh word's core mean- hud: magic, enchantment, charm.

These would have reached him probably through French poetry (such as the Roman de la Rose), or through popular minstrelsy (including English as well as Welsh lyrics). His bardic uncle's courts were no doubt polyglot literary centers where he could have learned more than Welsh poetic lore. As Rachel Bromwich has demonstrated, the debate between Dafydd and Gruffudd Gryg may be read as a protest by the conservative, northern Gruff'udd Gryg against these foreign fashions. For the continental Ovidian modes stress the helpless misery of the poet-lover, which is what Gruff'udd ridicules in Dafydd.

There came round you naked, with flattering speech, Jews, thieves too deceiving. Nine went to bind you, in your strong sanctity, To purchase penance on wood of pine. And with your cruel binding oppressively A great cry did tearful Mary make. fixed, Even so, despite the Cross, gracious was the end. Your escape from the grave, says Matthew. When we see for us your blessed Passion, 30 DAFYDI) AP GWILYM 50 Why do we not think of the pitiful agony? Your feet full of blood, remembrance of you is Your hands, O God, aching for me; Marks of death on your beautiful forehead, A pang from the spear and paling of the lip.

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