item NLW MS 16799xxiiiD. - Cerddi Idris Davies,

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NLW MS 16799xxiiiD.


Cerddi Idris Davies,


  • 1947. (Creation)

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2 ff. ; 205 x 165 mm.

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Idris Davies (1905-1953), poet and schoolteacher, was born in a Welsh-speaking household and community in Rhymney, Monmouthshire, but spent much of his life living and working in London. It was, however, the industrial landscape of the South Wales valleys which was to have the greatest influence on his work, in which Davies frequently denounces the grimness and desolation of the surroundings while also reflecting the idealism and protest of its people during a time of great economic, social and religious change. His first volume of poetry, Gwalia Deserta (London, 1938), written at Rhymney, took as its theme the South Wales valleys during the Depression years of the 1930s. The Angry Summer, written at Meesden in Hertfordshire and published in 1943, is considered to be Davies's finest poem. Tonypandy and Other Poems (London, 1945) was completed while Davies was teaching in Treherbert in the Rhondda valley. In 1947 Davies returned as schoolmaster to his native Rhynmney, where he continued to write, broadcast and lecture. Selected Poems (London, 1953), the last volume to be produced during Davies's lifetime, was published less than a month before the poet's death in April 1953. Some of Davies's later material appeared posthumously in The Collected Poems of Idris Davies (Llandysul, 1972).

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Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Ffair y Borth; Pryniad; Mehefin 1947

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Copïau, 1947, yn llaw'r awdur, o ddwy gerdd, 'Aberystwyth' (Saesneg) a 'Cwm Rhymni' (Cymraeg), gan Idris Davies. = Autograph copies, 1947, of two poems, 'Aberystwyth' (English) and 'Cwm Rhymni' (Welsh), by Idris Davies.
Cyhoeddwyd 'Aberystwyth' yn y Western Mail, 13 Mawrth 1947, a 'Cwm Rhymni' yn The Collected Poems of Idris Davies, gol. Islwyn Jenkins (Llandysul, 1972), t. 8. Ceir y ddwy yn The Complete Poems of Idris Davies, gol. D. R. Johnston (Caerdydd, 1994), tt. 147-8, 213. = 'Aberystwyth' was first published in the Western Mail, 13 March 1947, and 'Cwm Rhymni' in The Collected Poems of Idris Davies, ed. by Islwyn Jenkins (Llandysul, 1972), p. 8. Both appear in The Complete Poems of Idris Davies, ed. by D. R. Johnston (Cardiff, 1994), pp. 147-8, 213.

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Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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Amodau hawlfraint arferol. Ceir gwybodaeth ynglŷn â pherchnogaeth hawlfraint Idris Davies yn (gwelwyd Mawrth 2008).

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Cymraeg, Saesneg.

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Mae papurau Idris Davies yn NLW MSS 10810-12D, 20770-1E, 22397-415, 23539E, 23699E, ff. 113-7, NLW ex 947; ceir copi arall o 'Cwm Rhymni', dyddiedig Awst 1945, yn NLW MS 22402B, f. 19.

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Teitl yn seiliedig ar y cynnwys.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 16799xxiiiD.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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