‘Anfon y Nico i Landwr’

4/8/1917

Albert Evans-Jones, better known as the Welsh language poet ‘Cynan’, writes a letter home to his cousin Megan from Salonika, Greece, that contains the first draft of his first war poem ‘Anfon y Nico i Landwr’(‘Sending Nico to Glandwr’). The poem reflects his longing for the countryside and the people back at home.

Cynan is considered one of Wales’s greatest war poets. During the war he served as a soldier and chaplain with the Royal Army Medical Corps, which had a profound effect on his writing. He won the Crown at the 1921 National Eisteddfod in Caernarvon with the poem ‘Mab y Bwthyn’ (‘The Cottager’s Son’) that tells the story of a young Welshman’s experiences at war. This remains one of the most popular Welsh-language war poems.

A copy of the letter and poem can be seen here