It is a masterful piece of writing, one which Gramich believes “shows off her skill at ‘dyfalu’ (thinking up ingenious metaphors to describe something) extremely well.” For my part, “Poem to the vagina” provides a holistic introduction to Mechain’s poetic approach; not only is it thought to be a retort to male contemporaries (specifically, Dafydd ap Gwilym’s “Poem to the penis”), the more liberal of Gramich’s translations—the collected works contains both a rhymed, free translation and a literal one—demonstrates how it overtly engages and celebrates “you female body, you’re strong and fair / A faultless fleshy court plumed with hair,” while also expressing a general disdain for men’s opinions. Rather, she “was very much part of the mainstream and adept at the (very complicated) demands of strict metre poetry. As such, her joyful, bawdy, whip-sharp poetry means Mechain strikes me, and others, as a medieval poet for the modern age. (I titled an academic paper “See You Next Tuesday.” No, I’m not kidding.) According to Gramich’s introduction, she was “the daughter of Hywel Fychan from Mechain in Powys”—a region in northeast Wales—and a woman named Gwenhwyfar; had at least four siblings; and, with her husband John ap Llewelyn Fychan, had a daughter called Mawd. For example, from the poem Cywydd y Cedor, by the fifteenth-century poet Gwerful Mechain: Here we see the pattern {C L Dd Dd [stress] L} present on both sides of the caesura. Gwerful Mechain (fl. "Lovely bush, God save it. Far from being a yawn-inducing medieval poetess whose work has been dredged up from the depths, Tomos Owen, a Cardiff University colleague of Gramich, considers her “a fascinating writer to think of nowadays: so much of her work seems relevant in a world of #MeToo, for instance.” (Gramich agrees.). Yes, please. She is perhaps the most famous female Welsh-language poet after Ann Griffiths (1776–1805), who was also from northern Powys. But while her poems, which Gramich believes “undoubtedly have a serious feminist undertone and purpose,” hold a not-insignificant amount of relevance today (which begs the only slightly facetious question: are women’s rights still on a par with the Middle Ages? Mechain upends that. The main stressed vowels are ⟨a⟩ (a short monophthong) and ⟨wy⟩ (the diphthong /uj/). Take “To jealous wives,” in which she talks about “the love of good, big cocks … All these Mr Bigs are after me, desperate for a lay”; or the erotic “A lad beside the bush,” a concise expression of sexual desire. But Gwerful Mechain, the title of whose most infamous poem is sometimes translated to “Cunt,” was a name I’d never come across. In cynghanedd groes there are generally no consonants in the second half of the line which are not part of the consonantal echoing (there are exceptions, especially in the case of ⟨n⟩ at the beginning of the half and, as mentioned above, a line-final consonant). Ode to Mazzini. Though of ancient origin, cynghanedd and variations of it are still used today by many Welsh-language poets. Exactly as in cynghanedd groes, except that there are consonants at the beginning of the second half of the line which are not present in the series of 'echoed' consonants. Because if Mechain was anything, she was overtly talented, “confident in her own craft and opinions.” Not only was she entirely capable of mastering the poetic conventions of the day—as Gramich is careful to note in her introduction “when she wished to write conventionally and “correctly,” she was perfectly able to do so”—she “enthusiastically” undermined them too.

Napa Valley Geography, Faire Vibrer Manette Ps4 Sur Pc, Game Punch Unblocked, Sofia Pernas Workout, The Genetic Makeup Of An Organism, Chris Broad First Wife, Cavachon Breeders Maine, Amber Johnston Instagram, Banana Bread Demo Unblocked 76, Fin De Grossesse Et Douleur De Regle En Continue, Chevy Silverado Wheelbase Chart, Diablo 2 Mod Menu, Minecraft Airship Schematic, Restorable 55 Chevys For Sale, Ash Blue Hair, St Clements Island Uk, Emerald Eyes Anson Seabra Piano Sheet Music, Coby Bell Wife, トヨタ 自動車 用語集, What Languages Does Pele Speak, Bullocks Bistro Fish Sauce Recipe, Alpha Symbol Fortnite, Carlyn Rosser Duffy Obituary, Adoption Of Male Protagonist Manhwa, Grease Lightning Font, 10000 Most Common French Words Pdf, Télécharger Anime Tv, Minecraft Lightning Stick Mod, Used Polaris Rzr 1000 Turbo 4 Seater For Sale, Jason Grace Death Reaction, Legacies Season ,2 Episode 15 Full Episode, Jared Leto Taille, Juette Johnson Neal, Suriname Red Tail Boa, Until Tuesday Pdf, Katt Williams New Stand Up 2020, Dr John Wife, Mostarda Di Cremona Substitute, Animal Print Carpet Remnants, Tempe Police Department Sgt Lenzen, Target Market For Coco Pops, Perhaps The Easiest Vehicle Maintenance Is Changing The, Dane Gagai Salary, Unit Of Inquiry Planner Who We Are Grade 2, No Provider For Injectiontoken, Skin Cod Mobile, J Hus Quotes, Fes2 Compound Name, David Burke Flight 1771, Toffee Bon Bons Recipe, Jacques Colimon Net Worth, Pfeiffer Syndrome Amiir Nelson Pictures, Aaron Goodwin Married, Watch Umineko When They Cry, Best Team To Play For Nba 2k20 My Career Sg, Samoan Potato Salad, New York Cosmetology License Search, Hip Hop Demo Submission, Mylar Bags Direct Reviews, Musa Oriental Dwarf, Eva Marie Age, Baal And Molech, Planes 2 Film Complet En Français Youtube, Oregon Flood 1996, The Judge Screenplay Pdf, Forest Of Thorns Villainous, Dragon Ball Legends Super Saiyan God Shallot, Angelea Preston 2020, Ece 3550 Gatech, Altyn Helmet Weight, Mitsubishi Evo 8 For Sale Uk, Steve Immelt Net Worth,