Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
In the Red Book of Hergest, one of the so-called "Four Ancient-Books of Wales," there are one hundred and seven short stanzas that tell the story of an early prince of Powys named Cynddylan, of his last battle and death, and of the grief of those who survived the burning of his fortress, Pengwern. It is a terse poem, telling in fine-honed imagery of a firelit world, brutal and bright and childlike, detailing the movements of pain and the ragged perimeters of survival in verse as lucid as water.
McConney, Anne, "Deathsongs for Cynddylan: An annotated translation of the Heledd poems from the Red Book of Hergest." (1979). Student Work. 3000.