The Poetical Works of the REV. Goronwy Owen (Goronwy Ddu O Fon); With His Life and Correspondence Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...natural claim, such as 1 an heir', or a ' prince.' 'Aerawg, versed in conflict, martial. Goradain, winged; the term is used by the old poets in conjunction with gwalch; gwalch goradain, a fleet or quickly moving hero. 'The previous editions give--Yn wareddiad; but we again prefer to follow the MS. of William Morris. 1 Deyrnwalch Gwalch is 'a hawk'; hence, 'a chief; deyrnwalcK, 'the chief or hawk of state'; aerwalch, 'the chief or hawk of battle'. 1 Maon, those who compose a state, the people. 3 We give our poet every credit for the profusion of masterly epithets he has crowded into this fragment. But as thought, feeling, and imagination, and not mere words, however beautiful, are the essence of true poetry, his effusion does not reach the standard of his other writings. A redundancy of words obscures the living thought. In his care for the metre the bard seems to have sacrificed idea to language. While he clung to the simpler strains of Cywydd Dcuair Hirion, Englyn Unodl Union, and Proest Cyfnewidiog, all that gives being, life, and excellence to true poetry, abounded in his verse. But now that he copes with the more difficult metres, he scarcely climbs to a higher elevation than his brother poets. See note 6 page 114. 1 This translation of Dr. Collett's version of Psalm cvii proves how successfully our author has contended with the difficulties inherent to the idiomatic rendering of one language into another. While Dr. Collett's verses afford a fair specimen of the English of his day, Goronwy's are admirable as an example of pure idiomatic Welsh. Nor does the psalm suffer, as is too often the case, by translation. Not only is our poet's version a close interpretation, but its beautiful simplicity renders it perfect for worship. The verses run...
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