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Dannie Abse - New and Collected Poems
Dannie Abse
ISBN: 9780091795184 (0091795184)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Chwefror 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Hutchinson, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 217x135 mm, 430 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Ystyrir Adargraffu Ein Pris: £15.99   
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Casgliad cynhwysfawr o gerddi Dannie Abse, yn cynnwys dros 250 o gerddi a ymddangosodd mewn dwsin o gyfrolau blaenorol o'i waith, ynghyd â 29 cerdd newydd.

A comprehensive collection of the poetry of Dannie Abse, comprising over 250 poems which have appeared in a dozen previous volumes of his work, together with 29 new poems.
This is the third version of Dannie Abse's Collected Poems to appear. The earliest (1977) had 204 pages, the second (1989) 274. This new volume comes in at a bumper 426 pages; it adds Remembrance of Crimes Past (1990), On the Evening Road (1994) and Arcadia, One Mile (1998), and closes with a section of 29 new poems. One of the best of this final group is 'The Yellow Bird', which Abse has rescued from his first book, After Every Green Thing (1948), and heavily revised.

His previous Collecteds opened with 'The Uninvited'; New and Collected Poems begins with 'Toy Soldiers', also an early poem but apparently unrevised. It demonstrates that from the first his imagination was detached, ironic and quick to home in on a natural metaphor:

Blow your toy bugle, child, blow,
poppy days need not endure,
the factory is making new soldiers
and father will buy you more.

Abse condensed his sense of poetic self in 'Duality', a poem of the early nineteen-fifties:

Twice upon a time,
there was a man who had two faces,
two faces but one profile . . .

'They dream their separate dreams', he tells us, but when they sing they 'make one rhyme'.

Death I love and Death I hate
(I'll be with you soon and late).
Love I love and Love I loathe
God I mock and God I prove,
yes, myself I kill, myself I save.

Melodramatic? Perhaps. Later he would play variations on this idea in 'White Coat, Purple Coat', a poem of the mid-nineteen-seventies. The white coat (of the surgeon?) is stained by real blood, the purple coat (of the love poet?) by a phantom rose. Together they 'compose a hybrid style'. At the risk of freezing, a man can wear the white coat, at the risk of burning, the purple.

Love and death, it's often said, are the master subjects of poetry. Over more than fifty years of poetry writing, Abse has shuttled restlessly between them, haunted by both, sometimes managing to combine the two. As doctor, Jew, and now old man, he feels death intensely. At the same time, poems in his later collections praise sunflowers, wood, wine, music.

An essential book.

Richard Poole

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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Dannie Abse - New and Collected Poems
Mae Dannie Abse yn fardd ac yn nofelydd ac yn un o'r awduron uchaf ei barch ym Mhrydain heddiw. Cyfrol urddasol o gerddi a gyhoeddwyd rhwng 1948 a 2002 yw New and Collected Poems. Yn y cerddi, fe gofnodir profiadau yr awdur fel meddyg yn Llundain. Yn 'In Llandough Hospital' er enghraifft, mae pwnc llosg ewthanasia yn cael ei drafod: : '...if a creature need not suffer, must he, for etiquette, endure?' Mab i rieni Iddewig yw Dannie Abse ac mae cyfoeth o gyfeiriadau at y draddodiad Iddewig yn ei waith. 'You plant in your daughter the spirit of Israel' ('Song for Dov Shamir') meddai mewn cerdd gynnar. Gyda threigl amser fodd bynnag, mae ceidwadaeth y draddodiad Iddewig yn poeni'r bardd. Yn y gerdd 'Snake' mae 'Bearded men in darkening rooms sipping lemon tea and arguing about the serpent'. Mae naws Feiblaidd i'r gwaith mewn mannau. Mae'r gerdd hir 'Events leading to the Conception of Solomon, the Wise Child' yn dwyn yr hen Balestein i gof: 'Stones of Jerusalem, where is your lament? Should her face not have been leper-ashen? Should she not have torn at her apparel, bayed at the moon?' Cafodd Dannie Abse ei fagu yng Nghaerdydd ond mae'r brif ddinas yn 'city of strangers, alien and bleak' ('Return to Cardiff') iddo erbyn dychwelyd yno. Daw Cymru yn amlwg yn ei waith erbyn 1994 yn y gyfrol Arcadia, One Mile (1994). Cawn ddarllen yno addasiad o ganu Heledd yr hen Gymraeg. Cerdd allweddol yng gwaith diweddar y bardd yw 'The Yellow Bird': 'I do not want it, the weariness of the God man, his mechanical laudation, his secret ennui of disbelief'. Mae llais Dannie Abse yn un coeth a dyngarol sydd yn atseinio ym marddoniaeth yr ugeinfed ganrif, a dyma gyfrol osgeiddig fydd yn ychwanegu at ei glod.
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