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Mr John Powell Ward, Honorary Research Fellow

Specialist Subjects: Wordsworth, Hardy and R S Thomas

John Powell Ward was educated at Toronto and Cambridge universities. He taught at the University of Wales, Swansea, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. As well as well-received critical books on Wordsworth, Hardy and R S Thomas, he has written three important studies of poetry in relation to sociology, Englishness, and the alphabet. His exhibition of experimental poetry, "Poetry or Type", has appeared at three literary festivals. In 1985 he won the Welsh Arts Council Poetry Award. He edited Poetry Wales from 1975–80 and has published seven collections, including Selected and New Poems (Seren 2004).

John Powell Ward's Chief Publications Books, Articles, Poetry


1976Social Reality for the Adolescent Girl (Faculty of Education,

University of Wales, Swansea 1976) pp.94

1981 Poetry and the Sociological Idea (Harvester Press 1981), pp.242

1984 Wordsworth's Language of Men (Harvester Press 1984), pp.235

1984 Raymond Williams (University of Wales Press 1984), pp.85

1991 The English Line (Macmillan 1991), pp.217

1992 As You Like It (Harvester: Shakespeare New Readings 1992), pp.114

1993 Thomas Hardy's Poetry (Open University Guides 1993), pp.111

1987/2001 The Poetry of R S Thomas (Seren Books: Poetry Wales Press 1987), pp.152; reissued 2001 pp.204

2004 The Spell of the Song: Letters, Meaning, and English Poetry (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press USA), pages 495. ('Outstanding Academic Title' Citation, Choice magazine, 2005)

editor of Poetry Wales 1975-1980

editor of Borderlines Books Series (Seren Books) 1990-present; 22 titles.


"Research into the Language of Newspapers", Collegiate Faculty of Education

Journal (University of Wales, Swansea) 1964, pages 23-26

"The T-Group and the Theatre of the Absurd", Encounter (March 1974), 30-41

"Wordsworth and the Sociological Idea", Critical Quarterly, 16: 4 (Winter

1974), 331-355

"Adolescent Girls and Modes of Knowledge", Educational Review Vol 27 No 3 June

1975 pages 221-228

"Students Taking Undergraduate Courses in Education", Journal of Further and

Higher Education Vol I No 1 Spring 1977 pages 26-33

"The Killing of Kin: Greek tragedy and social interactionism", Trivium Vol 14 May

1979, pages 19-46

"The Poem's defiance of sociology", Sociology Vol 13 No 1 Jan 1979 pp 89-102

"But Lowell He Did Not Touch", Agenda Vol 18 No 3 Autumn 1980 63-74

"A Poesis of Recurrence: The language of the King James Bible" in Ritual Murder

edited by Brian Morris (Carcanet Press 1980), pages 100-116

"Science Poetry: Approaches in Peter Redgrove, Dannie Abse and A.R.Ammons",

Poesis (Bryn Mawr USA) Vol 6 No 2 1985, pages 19-46

"Poetry and Sociology", Human Studies (Boston Univ USA) IX 4 1986 pp 323-345

" Came From Yon Fountain: Wordsworth's influence on the Victorian educators",

Victorian Studies (Bloomington USA) Vol 29 No 3 1986 pages 405-436

"The Solitary Note: Edward Thomas and Modernism", in The Art of Edward Thomas

edited by Jonathan Barker (Poetry Wales Press 1987) pages 49-60

"R.S.Thomas's Poems of Wales", Poetry Wales Vol 23 No 2/3 1987 pages 20-25

"Raymond Williams as Inhabitant: The Border Trilogy", New Welsh Review No 2

Autumn 1988 23-27

"All Very Serious Stuff Plus Under Milk Wood" (Poetry and Education Feature),

Poetry Wales Vol 25 No 4 1989 pages 14-19

"The Relevance of Gerard Manley Hopkins for Welsh Poetry in English Today", New

Welsh Review Vol 2 No 3 Winter 1989-1990 pages 39-45

"An Anxiety of No Influence: Walter Pater and Wordsworth", in Pater in the 1990s,

edited by Laurel Brake (Univ of North Carolina, ELT Press 1991), pp 63-75

"Near Lanivet, 1872" ("Hardy Poems Reconsidered" series), The Thomas Hardy

Journal Vol VIII No 2 May 1992 pages 58-64

"Surrendering and catching in poetry and sociology" (tribute to Kurt H.Woolf),

Human Studies (Boston USA), Vol 16 1993 pages 319-323

"Silky Perfection: a note at the centenary of George Herbert", New Welsh Review Vol

IV No 4 Spring 1994 pages 46-47

"Kilvert and his Contemporaries" (Kilvert Society Publications 1994), pp.16

"David Jones: the letters of the Sleeping Lord" in Fire Green as Grass, edited by

Belinda Humfrey (Gomer Press 1995), pages 132-145

"Wordsworth's Children", The Coleridge Bulletin New Series No 8 Autumn 1996

pages 46-64

" " Will no one tell me what she sings?": Women and gender in Wordsworth's

poetry", Studies in Romanticism (Boston University USA) Vol 36 No 4 Winter 1997, pages 611-633

" 'Cannot choose but hear': the Figure of Reassurance in Coleridge's Major Poetry",

"c1">Romanticism Vol 4 No 1 1998 pages 60-73

"Rosalind in As You Like It", in Shakespearian Criticism (USA Vol 46 1999 pages

134-142 (reprinted from As You Like It pages 38-56)

"Wordsworth and Friendship", The Coleridge Bulletin New Series No 15 Spring 2000

pages 27-40

" 'Earthly Freight': Wordsworth's Poetry of Childhood 1804-1812", Charles Lamb

Bulletin New Series No 112, October 2000, pages 169-182

"Wordsworth, Friendship and the Writing of Poetry", The Wordsworth Circle, Vol

XXXII No 2 Spring 2001, pages 96-101

"Literature and the Aesthetic", Critical Survey Vol 13 No 1 2001 pages 1-17

"Darkness and Light: Poetry, Religion and the Environment", Scintilla 7 No 7 2003,

pages 73-86

"Borders and Borderline Cases", in Welsh Writing in English (Vol VII of A Guide to

Welsh Literature) ed M. Wynn Thomas (U of Wales Press 2003), pages 91-119

"Hardy's Aesthetics and Twentieth Century Poetry" in Thomas Hardy Studies,

edited by Philip Mallett (Palgrave 2004), pages 279-302

"Wordsworth's Eldest Son: John Wordsworth and the Immortality Ode",

The Wordsworth Circle Vol XXXVI No 2 Spring 2005, pages 66-80


1969 The Other Man (Christopher Davies Ltd)

1972 The Line of Knowledge (pamphlet) (Christopher Davies Ltd)

1981 Things (pamphlet) (Bran's Head Press)

1981 To Get Clear (Poetry Wales Press)

1984 The Clearing (Poetry Wales Press)

(Welsh Arts Council Poetry Prize for 1985)

1993 A Certain Marvellous Thing (Seren Books)

1996 Genesis (Seren Books)

1999 Late Thoughts in March (Seren Books)

2004 Selected and New Poems (Seren Books)

Individual poems in:

Acumen, Anglo-Welsh Review, Aquarius, Bananas, Brangle, Bete Noire, Charles Lamb Bulletin, Contrasts, Critical Quarterly, Cumberland Poetry Review (USA), The David Jones Journal, Delta, English, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, Glasgow Herald, Granta, Helix (Australia), The Independent, The Interpreter's House, Iota, Labrys, The Listener, Literary Review and Quarto, Littack, London Magazine, London Welshman, Magma, New Welsh Review, New Poetry, Oasis, Orbis, Other Poetry, Outposts, Pink Peace, Planet, Poetry Australia, Poetry Chicago (USA), Poetry Durham, P N Review, Poetry Nottingham, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry London Newsletter, The Poet's Voice, Proof, Quattrocento, The Rialto, Samphire, Scintilla, Second Aeon, Seventh Quarry, Spectrum, Staple, Swansea Review, The Thomas Hardy Journal, Thumbscrew, Times Literary Supplement, Transatlantic Review, Tribune, Twentieth Century, Urbane Gorilla, The Use of English, Webster Review (USA), Wire, Workshop New Poetry"c11">, BBC Radio 3, 4 and Wales; and 36 anthologies to date.

General Information

BA (Toronto, Classics and English), MA (Cantab, English), MSc (Econ) (Wales, social anthropology)

College of Arts and Humanities, English
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E-MAIL: johnp.ward@virgin.net

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