Dail Pren gan Waldo Williams,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 23706C.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004018857
      (alternative) (WLABNL)P1Saan0000016268
      (alternative) (WlAbNL)0000018857
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Welsh  Welsh.
  • Physical Description
      103 ff. (ff. 11-103 text on rectos only).
      Guarded and filed.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

Twelve holograph poems by Waldo Williams, [1956] (ff. 1-10), written down from memory with the encouragement of Prof. J. Gwyn Griffiths and Dr Kate Bosse-Griffiths at their flat in 1 Eaton Crescent, Swansea; with the exception of 'Arfau' (ff. 6 verso-7), all the poems appeared in the volume Dail Pren (Llandysul, 1956). Also included are page proofs of the first typesetting of Dail Pren prepared by Gwasg Gomer in June 1956 (ff. 11-103), arranged by the poet with the help of Prof. Griffiths and Dr Bosse-Griffiths and including a few manuscript emendations in the hand of Prof. Griffiths.
The first typesetting differs significantly from the first published version of November 1956, with the poet having omitted twenty of the sixty-three poems and added twenty-three new poems.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Professor Emeritus J. Gwyn Griffiths; Swansea; Donation; January 1998; A1998/6.


Title based on contents.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 23706C.

Archivist's Note

May 2009.

Description revised by Rhys Morgan Jones.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Related Material

Other manuscripts of Waldo Williams are NLW MSS 20955B, 21102D.


The proofs are discussed in B. G. Owens, 'Gweithiau Waldo Williams', in Waldo - Cyfrol Deyrnged i Waldo Williams, ed. by James Nicholas (Llandysul, 1977), pp. 227-252 (p. 228); B. G. Owens, 'Casglu gweithiau Waldo Williams', in Cyfres y Meistri 2 - Waldo Williams, ed. by Robert Rhys (Swansea, 1981), pp. 202-229 (p. 219); and J. Gwyn Griffiths, 'Dail pren: y cysodiad cyntaf', Taliesin, 103 (1998), 42-60.

Additional Information


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