Poets Who Made Nations

16th June 2010 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Poet in the City and the National Portrait Gallery presented an evening exploring the role of poets and thinkers in the actual creation of the idea of a nation, in some cases before that nation actually existed.

It featured discussions about Jose Marti, the poet and journalist whose ideas inspired the creation of an independent multiracial Cuban republic, Thomas Masaryk, the philosopher and politician who championed the creation of the former state of Czechoslovakia, and Dafydd ap Gwilym, the poet who helped to preserve Welsh national identity and culture into the modern age.

The evening will be introduced by John Mole, Poet in the City’s poet in residence, and will feature the following:

JOSE MARTI - Cuba’s national poet - was discussed by Luis Rebaza-Soraluz, a poet, author and Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at Kings College London.

THOMAS MASARYK - architect of the former Czechoslovakia - was discussed by Robert Pynsent, an expert on Czech and Slovak literature, who taught at UCL on the subject between 1966 and 2009.

DAFYDD AP GWILYM- poems preserving Welsh national identity and culture - Dafydd Ap Gwilym was one of the great European poets of the Middle ages.His work and his legacy was discussed by Menna Elfyn the award-winning Welsh poet, whose own work has been translated into many languages.
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