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Tony Conran: Three Symphonies (Agenda Editions 2016)
ISBN: 978-1-908527-25-7 Price £10 plus p&p Publication date: End of May, 2016
In his final group of
symphonies, Conran explores life, love, theology, creation, creativity and even
historical themes using a wide range of poetic and imaginative techniques. The
three symphonies complement and contrast with each other and show the poet still
at the height of his imaginative power. The imagery draws on science, religion,
family life (in The Magi), work (in Fabrics), the poetic and creative experience
(in Everworlds); displaying humour, wonder and compassion for the human
In his perceptive introduction to the poetry
Jeremy Hooker writes: ‘Three Symphonies draws on their maker’s
life-story, but as part of the story of life itself, and with an objectivity
that subsumes personal emotion in a larger rendering of human experience in
relation to the natural and divine creation. What Conran enacts in these poems
is a sacred drama.’
Tony Conran, biographical note.
Tony Conran (1931-2013) was an ambitious and accomplished poet, a daring Modernist, in the line of Pound, Bunting, MacDiarmid and David Jones. An outstanding translator of Welsh language poetry, he built on the radically different relationship between the poet and society he found there to create a distinctive, powerful and humane poetic vision. His many volumes of poetry include Blodeuwedd (Poetry Wales Press 1988) Castles (Gomer 1993) and What Brings You Here So Late (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2008). He was also a perceptive and often challenging critic, a dramatist and an influential teacher at the University of Bangor in North Wales.
Born in India, Tony Conran was brought up in Liverpool and Colwyn Bay, worked for a short time in Chelmsford before settling in Bangor. He was deeply interested in music – classical and folk traditions; science – including botany, chemistry and geology; theology and political theory. He translated Dante and Latin poets as well as Welsh poetry.
Other publications include Welsh Verse (Seren 1986), Peacemakers (Gomer 1997, translations of the poetry of Waldo Williams), Frontiers in Anglo Welsh Poetry (University of Wales Press 1997, critical essays).
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