Work - An Anthology (Corgi Series: 16)

Disgrifiad | Description

  • ISBN: 9780863817168
  • Publication May 2004
  • Edited by Dewi Roberts and Meic Stephens.
  • Format: Paperback, 148x105 mm, 84 pages

An anthology of 36 poems and 7 short stories by 20th century poets and writers reflecting various aspects of the world of workers, including short biographical notes.

Gwales Review
A fascinating collection of poems and short stories based on ‘work’ by some of the best Welsh writers in English.

There is a great sense throughout of how the working lives of the people and the landscapes described were intensely integrated and grew together in strong communities, but often with tragic undertones due to the conditions. I could cite so many examples of the memorable work here, that capture the mythic status as well as the practical necessity, and the dangers of work for so many in Welsh history. ‘Quarries at Dinorwic’ by Duncan Bush begins: ‘The Hill: This is the black mountain, labour unpacked, so much, so long, it might have built it’. John Davies’s ‘An Old Thing’ depicts the quarry worker as ‘He’ll listen, wheeze like a busted sofa…’ And in ‘The Collier’ by Vernon Watkins, ‘When I was born on Amman hill, a dark bird crossed the sun. Sharp on the floor the shadow fell; I was the youngest son.’

Historically rich and characterful, the world of work comes alive in this anthology.

Clare Maynard

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