Poems

Taliesin Poems - Meirion Pennar A short book, and shorter than it appears: The poems selected are presented in facsimile medieval Welsh, modern Welsh and English. Of course, if you can read the Welsh versions (I can't) then you'll get more out of it.Pennar's introduction gives essential information on Taliesin, the kingdoms of 6th-century north Wales and England and historical and cultural context for the poems.The poems themselves give a fascinating insight into a sparsely documented era, and one which was the foundation for later Arthurian legends. It's not likely you're going to be quoting any of these lines, though it might be fun to try to work:And until I am old and ailingin the dire necessity of deathI shall not be in my elementif I don't praise Urieninto a conversation.