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Occupying New Territory: Alun Llywelyn-Williams and Welsh-Language Poetry of the Second World War

Gerwyn Wiliams

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Occupying New Territory: Alun Llywelyn-Williams and Welsh-Language Poetry of the Second World War

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This chapter introduces Alun Llywelyn-Williams, a Welsh-language poet, revealing that most Welsh-language poets ignored the Second World War and even believed that it had nothing to do with them. It examines Llywelyn-Williams' poetry during three notable periods in his life, namely when he was a civilian, a soldier, and a war survivor. The chapter shows that his war poems represent his efforts to reclaim some of the purity and integrity of the Welsh language.

Keywords: Alun Llywelyn-Williams; Welsh-language poet; civilian; soldier; war survivor; war poems; Welsh language

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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