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The King of Britain's Daughter

Gillian Clarke

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ISBN: 978 1 857540 31 4
Categories: Welsh
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 1993
213 x 133 x 15 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • She calls me, her lace
    cuffing the stones below the waterfall,
    her pearls beading the air.
    Her sheets are out above the field,
    tugging for Ireland in a westerly,

    and she comes between the trees
    to fetch me home,
    her apron full of pegs,
    and in each hand
    is one warm egg, laid wild.

    from 'Fforest'




    The King of Britain's Daughter was specially commissioned as the text of an oratorio for the 1993 Hay on Wye Festival, and is based on the story in the Mabinogion of Branwen, the daughter of Llŷr. Family legend associated the story with Fforest, the family farm, where the giant's footprint is preserved as a rock pool,and Fforest and Welsh legend have provided the inspiration for this part of the book, which also contains a variety of other vivid and memorable poems.

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