Thomas Parry and the Oxford Book of Welsh Verse

9 Jul 2013

An event was held at the National Library of Wales to celebrate 50 years of  The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse , and to launch Thomas Parry's biography,  Y Brenhinbren , Wednesday, 17 July.

The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse  was first published in 1962, but it was in 1963 that the most trenchant criticism of it would emerge. In his presentation, Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan explains who persuaded Clarendon Press to publish it, which principles the editor adhered to in selecting the poetry, who assisted him, and what response the volume generated. A fresh look will be offered on Thomas Parry’s relationships with prominent Welsh people of the time, among them T. Ifor Rees, Saunders Lewis and Gwenallt.

The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse
An anthology of poems written in the Welsh language between the sixth century and the present day. Includes a striking diversity, ranging from songs in praise of the chieftains of North Britain through eulogies to independent princes of medieval Wales and the social poetry of the late Middle Ages to the modern idiom. First published in 1962.

Y Brenhinbren  (Gomer Press)
A comprehensive biography of Welsh scholar Thomas Parry (1904-1985).


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