R. S. Thomas - Serial Obsessive
|ISBN: 9780708326619 (0708326617)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi: Chwefror 2013 Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press|
Fformat: E-lyfr, 304 tudalen
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NID OES MODD LAWRLWYTHO E-LYFR A BRYNIR TRWY GWALES I DECLYN KINDLE.
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Astudiaeth sy'n gosod gwaith bardd crefyddol o bwys a ganai ar ddiwedd yr ugeinfed ganrif mewn goleuni trawiadol newydd. Gellir ystyried R. S. Thomas yn fardd rhyfel 'amgen', yn heddychwr, myfyriwr celf, a chofiannydd arbrofol cyfoes.
The study places the work of a major religious poet of the late twentieth century in a number of striking new perspectives that allow him to be viewed for the first time as an 'alternative' war poet, a conscience-stricken pacifist, a jealously opportunistic student of art, and an experimental biographer of the modern soul.
Essential reading for a serious scholar, perhaps one writing a dissertation or doctorate thesis, or for the teaching profession, this in-depth study is drawn from all R. S. Thomas’s verse and prose writings and from interviews and public appearances. The chapters are arranged by reference to various themes which occupied Thomas’s thoughts in his successive ‘phases’. The development of the poet’s work is thoroughly investigated and charted, culminating in his last and most metaphysical phase.
M. Wynn Thomas is highly analytical in his approach, selecting particular poems for breaking down into their elements, highlighting the significance of line-breaks and word and phrase juxtapositions, and scrutinising diction, in each case explaining with utmost precision the inferior effects of alternatives. With meticulous attention to detail, constantly probing and searching, he depicts the poet both as he is revealed through his own work and also as others see him, and explores the influence of Thomas’s work on that of other poets.
One by one the many facets of the poet’s personality are revealed: in the guises of the characters he created, conversed with and eventually became, his feeling for landscape and nature ‘in the raw’ and without romanticism, his fierce nationalism, his resentment, his pent-up anger, his constant questioning of and railing at the Almighty, his apparent lifelong inner struggle, and rare glimpses into his private life.
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.
Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
1 War Poet
2 For Wales See Landscape
3 The disappearing clergyman
4 Son of Saunders
5 Family Matters
6 The leper of Abercuawg
7 Irony in the soul: R. (S)ocrates Thomas
8 Time’s Changeling
9 The Fantastic Side of God
10 Transatlantic Relations
11 The Fast-Dipping Brush
12 The brush’s piety
M Wynn Thomas is a professor of English and Director of CREW at the University of Swansea.
Published to mark the centenary of the sometime ‘ogre of Wales’, this volume (by the executor of his unpublished literary estate) deals with the idées fixes that serially possessed his fiercely intense imagination: Iago Prytherch, Wales, his family, and of course a vexingly elusive Deity. Here, these familiar obsessions are set in several unusual contexts that bring his poetry into startling new relief: his war poetry is considered alongside his early poetry’s relationship to English topographical tradition; comparisons with Borges and Levertov underline the international dimensions of his concerns; the intriguing ‘secret code’ of some of his Welsh-language references is cracked; and his painting-poems (including several hitherto unpublished) are moved centre stage from the peripheries to which they’ve been routinely relegated.
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