Megis archoll yw 'ngholled': Marwnadau Mamau i'w Plant

Type Chapter
Original languageWelsh
Title of host publicationYsgrifau Beirniadol XXVIII
EditorsGerwyn Williams
Place of PublicationLlandysul
PublisherGwasg Gee | Gee Press
Pages21-46
Number of pages26
VolumeXXVIII
ISBN (Print)9781904554035
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameYsgrifau Beirniadol
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Abstract

YB is a long-established and prestigious series of critical literary essays. This 8,600 word essay on elegies by mothers to their children discusses texts that were discovered through original archival research and represents a new contribution to the field of women's writing and gender studies in Wales. (The texts quoted in the essay were edited and published in Charnell-White's 2005 anthology of Welsh women's poetry, 'Beirdd Ceridwen'.) The mothers' elegiac verse is contextualised within women's role in death ritual and the theoretic/generic function of the elegy. It also has a comparative dimension as the tropes and language of the Welsh texts are discussed alongside a broad range of elegies by mothers in other Celtic languages (Irish and Scots Gaelic) and from the more mainstream tradition of English women's verse.