ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Williams

(1747-1826)


Edward Williams, who adopted the pseudonym Iolo Morganwg, was in Glamorganshire, the eldest son of a stonemason. Having no formal education, he adopted his father's trade, working as a journeyman-mason in London and Kent from 1774 to 1777, when he returned to Wales. Williams composed poetry in English and Welsh, forging a number of Welsh poems including some attributed to Dafydd ap Gwilym. In 1792 he organized the Gorsedd of Bards as a revival of Druidism.


TEXT RECORDS:

1775On first hearing the Cuckoo.
1778On the Approach of Winter.
1780Pastoral Song, on improving a natural Arbour.
1780 ca.The Horrors of War, a Pastoral.
1789Ode, imitated from the Godolin of Anfurin Gwawdrydd.
1794Pastoral Song, in the Welsh Manner.
1794Pastoral, in the Welsh Manner.
1794The Holiday Prize, a Pastoral.
1794The Reapers. A Pastoral.
1794The Swain of the Mountains. A Pastoral, in the Welsh Manner.
1794[On Pastoral Poetry.]

PUBLICATIONS:

The fair pilgrim, a poem, translated from the Welsh. 1792.
Poems, lyric and pastoral. 1794.
Iolo manuscripts: a selection of ancient Welsh mss in prose and verse. 1848.