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Cerddi Evan James/The Author of Our Anthem

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • ISBN: 9781845272395
  • Author: Gwyn Griffiths
  • Publication October 2009
  • Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm, 160 pages

In 2006, Gwyn Griffiths wrote a history of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. This is Evan James's turn, author of the words of Wales's National Anthem. Here we have the story of his life and a mass of poetry in danger of being forgotten.

Evan James, author of the words of Wales’s National Anthem and whose birth 200 years ago is being celebrated this year, was a remarkable man. He was a skilled poet in the strict and complicated traditional Welsh metres, he took a profound interest in the history of Wales and contemporary issues. He was a weaver and occasional publican, a harp-maker and his circle of interest was the local eisteddfodau, the Ivorite charity society, and the motley crew of poets and druids who gathered at the Rocking Stone on Pontypridd Common in the second half of the nineteenth century.

These poems, the scholarly Introduction and the selection of airs for which Evan wrote words portray a rural, pre-industrial Gwent and Glamorgan, linguistically Welsh and culturally colourful and lively.

In 2006 Gwyn Griffiths, who like Evan James has spent the best part of his life in Pontypridd, wrote a history of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. This is Evan James’s turn, the story of his life and a mass of poetry in danger of being forgotten.