‘After Before’: Finding Welsh War Poetry

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Title: ‘After Before’: Finding Welsh War Poetry
Authors: Williams, Nerys
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10152
Date: 30-Oct-2017
Online since: 2019-04-25T08:35:32Z
Abstract: This essay considers works by Robert Minhinnick and Owen Sheers. Concentrating on Minhinnick’s 2008 volume King Driftwood, I examine his response to the Iraq War and how this connects with his earlier experience of visiting Baghdad following the Gulf War. Minhinnick’s travelogues attempt to suture the geographic distance between Iraq and south Wales. Owen Sheers’s verse drama Pink Mist was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and was published by Faber in 2013. This work offers perspectives upon the impact of the Afghanistan War on veterans and their families. Sheers has also worked with the testimonies and memories of British veterans. For both poets, I consider how the role of the poem as a social document is navigated in their poetics, and whether the poem functions as a transformative site for trauma. I also propose that both poets, in different ways, reflect upon the cultural complexities of Welsh militarism, post-devolution.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Start page: 157
End page: 182
Copyright (published version): 2017 Peter Lang
Keywords: Robert MinhinnickOwen SheersIraq WarBaghdadAfghanistan WarBritish veteransWelsh militarismDevolution
DOI: 10.3726/b13147
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Jarvis M. (eds.)., Devolutionary Readings: English-Language Poetry and Contemporary Wales
ISBN: 978-1-78874-070-8
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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