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János Arany and the Bards of Wales

Bernard Adams and János Arany
The Slavonic and East European Review
Vol. 77, No. 4 (Oct., 1999), pp. 726-731
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4212961
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

With the defeat of 1849 still rankling, the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph was likely to be ill received on his first visit to Hungary in 1854. The authorities attempted to pave his way by commissioning verse from various Hungarian poets. None would accept so unpatriotic a task, and the only poem to emerge from the occasion - and that some three years later - was the allegorical 'Bards of Wales' of the leading lyricist of the day, János Arany. The article sets this renowned ballad in the context of Arany's oeuvre, examines its content and offers a translation.

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