By Dafydd Ap Gwilym, Richard Morgan Loomis

ISBN-10: 0866980156

ISBN-13: 9780866980159

Dafydd ap Gwilym, 14th cent. Dafydd ap Gwilym: the poems. Translation and observation via Richard Morgan Loomis; illustrations by way of Mary Guerriere Loomis. Binghamton, N.Y.: middle for Medieval & Early Renaissance experiences, 1982, 346 p, notes, bib, thesaurus, index, illus, maps. first-class, fresh tight reproduction.

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In Poem 138, Dafydd accuses the friar of contaminating the world with his nonsense. What nonsense? The friar is quoted as saying two things, that flesh rots in the grave and that lust is punished in hell. announces a death-fearing repentance The first is a fact undoubted in all while debating the in Poem ages (save 106. And when a miracle in- , HIS POETRY was 37 regards unrepentant lust) a cerDafydd's defiance of this "nonsense" makes high and mournful comedy, but he does not exactly confute the friar's warnings.

At any rate, what the poet often gives us are debates, and we should read vest his scenes with carefully both his arguments of arguments as a character his adversaries. in the poems and Fourteenth-century poets, the like those DAFYDD AP GWILYM 36 famous contemporaries of Dafydd's, Chaucer and Boccaccio, were not incapable of ironic self-portraits. That Dafydd's debates reflect inner contests, were debates that held his own mind in tension, argues so impudently with is suggested by the fact that this poet who wrote devo- friars (136, 137, 138, 139) also poems (1, 2, 3, 4).

Backwards to his chamber he climbs). DAFYDD AP GWILYM 32 This translation is fairly literal. But what does the skylark climbs backwards to the sky's height? A it mean to say that Kenneth Jackson, in (Penguin Books, 1979, p. 317), notes that the skylark does drift backwards in its fluttering flight. There may also be this figurative logic, that the skylark flies from the field to the sky as one entitled to soar, as a "gentle prince," as one flying back to his high place. " I keep the literal sense because it conveys the strenuous character of the small bird's flight.

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