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Anglo-Welsh Poetry;

Wales, The Welsh Review, The Anglo-Welsh Review, Dock Leaves, Poetry Wales

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although Welsh poets have written work of note in English since the seventeenth century, the term ‘Anglo-Welsh poetry’ was not in general use until the late 1930s, when it was given currency by Keidrych Rhys's Wales, established in 1937, and The Welsh Review, edited by Gwyn Jones from its inception in 1939. Among the poets whose work they published were Idris Davies, Hugh Menai, Glyn Jones, Alun Lewis, Dylan Thomas, and Vernon Watkins. R. S. Thomas, Raymond Garlick, and Anthony Conran were the principal Welsh poets writing in English throughout the 1950s, for whom The Anglo-Welsh Review, begun as Dock Leaves in 1949, provided a forum. The resurgence of Welsh nationalism during the 1960s gave rise to a period of heightened poetic activity marked by the founding in 1965 of Poetry Wales by Meic Stephens; Gillian Clarke, Tony Curtis, Robert Minhinnick, Leslie Norris, John Ormond, and John Tripp are among the poets who have been associated with the journal, which continues to appear. In 1980 Poetry Wales Press was formed and has produced many editions of poetry by Anglo-Welsh authors, latterly under the Seren Books imprint. The Cost of Strangeness (1982) by Anthony Conran is a critical survey of Anglo-Welsh poetry, anthologies of which include The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English (edited by Gwyn Jones, 1977) and The Bright Field (edited by Meic Stephens, 1991).

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