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  Gwerful Mechain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Her work, written in the traditional strict metres, including cywyddau and englynion, is often a celebration of religion and sex, sometimes within the same poem.
Probably the most famous part of her work today is her erotic poetry, especially Cywydd y Cedor ("Ode to the Pubic Hair"), a poem praising the vulva.
Howells, Nerys Ann (ed.) Gwaith Gwerful Mechain ac Eraill, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, 2001, ISBN 0947531262
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gwerful_Mechain   (148 words)

 Annual Report for 2000-2001
One of the highlights of our publishing programme was the publication of Dr Nerys A. Howells's edition of the poetry of Gwerful Mechain, a Montgomeryshire poet who belonged to the second half of the fifteenth century and was the only female poet in medieval Wales to leave a substantial collection of poetry.
Gwerful Mechain composed some of the most uninhibited and sexually explicit poems in the Welsh language and we suspect that this edition of her work will attract a great deal of attention.
Dr Nerys A. Howells discussed the poetry of Gwerful Mechain in a lecture at the Department of Welsh, University of Wales Aberystwyth.
www.wales.ac.uk /newpages/external/E4802.asp   (8071 words)

 Ancestry of Richard Vaughan, Bishop of London
Gwerful Goch ferch Dafydd Fychan ap Dafydd Llwyd ap Cynwrig
Gwerful ferch Madog ap Llywarch Fychan ap Llywarch Goch
Gwerful ferch Ieuan Goch ap Moriddig Fychan ap Moriddig Warwyn
www.wargs.com /family/vaughan.html   (4102 words)

 www.gwales.com - 9781870206549, Honno Classics: Welsh Women's Poetry 1460-2001 - An Anthology
Twentieth-century voices occupy more than half of their 400 pages, but that still leaves plenty of space for poets from the previous four and a half centuries.
As passionate about y cedor (the vagina) as about Jesus Christ, Mechain shows that for poets of her time there was no necessary gulf between love of the earthly and love of the divine.
By the time we get to the mid-seventeenth century, the 'female aesthetic' in the work of Katherine Philips ('The Matchless Orinda') is most evident in a lively little poem warning women against marriage (Philips herself married soon after).
www.gwales.com /goto/review/en/1870206541?lang=CY&tsid=1   (451 words)

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Still, Lloyd-Morgan does go on to discuss what can be known about two named women poets in medieval Wales: the late twelfth-century Gwennllian ferch Rhirid Flaidd and Gwerful Mechain, active from about 1462 to 1500.
Her essay closes with translations and readings of two englynion by Gwerful Mechain, one of them religious and the other openly lustful.
In short, the nine essays in Women and Literature in Britain, 1150-1500 cover an impressive array of historical situations in which medieval women read books or heard them read, wrote works or dictated them to an amanuensis, owned books, passed them on to daughters or to other like-minded women, and acted as literary patrons.
www.english.upenn.edu /~traister/medwom.html   (1724 words)

 FFWD Weekly - May 9, 2002
Still burning with bittersweet irony, the chenille-clad chanteuses reconstruct "The Sour Grove," a lewd 15th century erotic poem sung in medieval Welsh.
Extracted from "Cywydd Y Cedor" (or "The Female Genitals") by Gwerful Mechain, this potent poem in celebration of the female body was reputedly banned from many anthologies of Welsh verse on the grounds that it is "salacious."
No strangers to controversy, the Mediaeval Baebes have had their works banned on British television, and have sent clergymen into a tizzy over their pagan sympathies and the liberal interpretation of songs usually reserved for Catholic mass.
www.ffwdweekly.com /Issues/2002/0509/cover.htm   (798 words)

 The Mediæval Bæbes "The Rose" CD reviewed on AudioRevolution.com
The material ranges from the 11th to the 16th centuries, with two exceptions: a modern piece called "Razreesh," with Russian words by Vania Zouravliov (who also illustrated the album and took the atmospheric photographs in the book "Songs of the Flesh"), and "Spiriti", which takes its lyrics randomly from Mozart’s "Don Giovanni."
There are some remarkable things here, notably the atmospheric piece, "The Sour Grove," which is a setting of the final lines from a poem by one of the few female medieval Welsh poets of whose work anything substantial survives, Gwerful Mechain.
She is now known for her erotic verse (though her most powerful work describes the Passion of Christ), and was likely vilified for straying into male territory in this regard.
www.avrev.com /music/revs/mediaevalbaebes.shtml   (684 words)

 Woohoo! - Message Board - ezboard.com
The first song is I Am Eve and it is sung in 11th century Irish.
The second is The Sour Grove which is sung in mediaeval Welsh which is an extract from "Cywydd Y Cedor (The Female Genitals)" by Gwerful Mechain.
I highly recommend this group, if you've never heard of them go and and buy their Best Of The Mediaeval Baebes album....
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 Palimpszeszt 19. szám   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Alternately, it is claimed that she was a spinster schoolmistress who ran a kind of finishing school, who assuredly had only non-physical passion for her "girls" (Parker l996; Wilson l996).
For my final historical examples of woman-voiced poetry, I will consider two areas of medieval Europe: the poetry of Gwerful Mechain, the one named Welsh woman by whom any corpus of poetry has survived, and the much larger body of anonymous female-voiced poetry in Hispanic tradition.
In an exchange of insult poetry with the male poet Dafydd Llwyd of Mathafarm, Gwerful shows that she is not bound by any conventions of femininity, matching and topping Dafydd’s obscenities, as in the following passage:
magyar-irodalom.elte.hu /palimpszeszt/19_szam/06.html   (5638 words)

 Welsh Women’s Poetry 1460-2001: An Anthology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The anthology also includes less-well known material, some of which has never before been in the public domain.
The early Welsh poetry will be a real eye-opener for many people: Gwerful Mechain is like a female Chaucer but much raunchier!
Welsh Women’s Poetry offers an alternative canon for Welsh poetry and will be a stimulating change of perspective from the usual suspects.
www.uwp.co.uk /summer-reading/sr2003/welshpages/books/54.html   (296 words)

 www.gwales.com - 9781900437776, Beirdd Ceridwen: Blodeugerdd Barddas o Ganu Menywod hyd Tua 1800
Mae enwau Mererid Hopwood, Gwyneth Lewis a Menna Elfyn erbyn hyn yn hen gyfarwydd, ond beth am eu neiniau barddol?
Yn anffodus, ychydig iawn sy’n hysbys am neb ac eithrio Gwerful Mechain ac Ann Griffiths, ond yn y gyfrol hon dengys Cathryn Charnell-White i ni fod yna gyfoeth o destunau gan ferched wedi goroesi dros y canrifoedd mewn llawysgrif ac mewn print.
Hon yw’r flodeugerdd gyntaf erioed o farddoniaeth Gymraeg gan ferched a gyfansoddwyd rhwng tua 1500 a 1800.
www.gwales.com /goto/review/cy/9781900437776   (555 words)

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