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Learning to Love Dafydd

Gwyneth Lewis, the first Welsh Poet Laureate whose giant words light up the front of the Wales Millennium Centre, has never been able to come to terms with the great Welsh language poet Dafydd ap Gwilym.

He's the Welsh equivalent of Chaucer or Shakespeare and has been hugely influential on contemporary Welsh poetry, from Dylan Thomas to the bardic competitions on Radio Cymru. But Gwyneth's teenage self found him sexist and laddish and a representative of a tradition she rebelled against.

As a Welsh language poet Gwyneth feels she can't avoid Dafydd any longer and needs to face him head on. She visits the ruined abbey at Strata Florida in West Wales where he worked and was buried, meets songwriter and former lead singer of Catatonia Cerys Matthews and Welsh poet and language activist Menna Elfyn, and goes in search of him in the poetry competitions at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Actor Steffan Rhodri brings Dafydd ap Gwilym's poetry to life.

Gwyneth tries to come to terms with her heritage and learn to love Dafydd - and see if she can write a poem directly to him.

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 27 Oct 2012 23:30

Poems heard within the programme

The Den/ Y Deildy extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym trans Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Steffan Rhodri

 

A Girl Taunts him for Cowardice/ Merch yn Edliw ei Lyfrdra extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym trans. Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Steffan Rhodri

 

The Gull / Yr Wylan extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym, trans Dafydd Johnston

Read by Steffan Rhodri

 

The Girls of Llambadan/ Merched Llanbadarn extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym, trans. Joseph P Clancy

Read by Cerys Matthews

 

The Penis/ Y Gal extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym, trans. James Doan

Read by Cerys Matthews

 

The Poet and the Grey Brother/ Y Bardd a'r Brawd Llwyd, extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym, trans. Nigel Heseltine

Read by Cerys Matthews

 

A Journey to Love/ Taith i Garu extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym trans. Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Steffan Rhodri

 

Strata Florida

By Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Gwyneth Lewis

 

The Clock/ Y Cloc extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym trans by Joseph P Clancy

Read by Menna Elfyn

 

Morfudd

By Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Gwyneth Lewis

 

Fern Hill extract

By Dylan Thomas

Read by Tudur Dylan Jones

 

Trafferth mewn Tafarn/ Trouble in an Inn extract

by Dafydd ap Gwilym

Read by Tudur Dylan Jones

 

Learning to Love Dafydd

By Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Gwyneth Lewis

 

A Stubborn Girl/ Merch Gyndyn extract

By Dafydd ap Gwilym trans. Gwyneth Lewis

Read by Steffan Rhodri