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Welsh Ballads Website


S. Nutry Hanes...y Negroes, ballad, c.1830

Ballad supporting the abolition of slavery, c.1830.

Over the centuries the ballad has played an important and influential role in Welsh social and cultural life. Broadside ballad production was in its heyday in Wales in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although not usually poetry of the highest order, this popular verse is an invaluable field of study for anyone interested in the language, literature, history, religion and music of modern Wales. These poems are also an indispensable source for the study of the daily life and world-view of the common people of Wales in the modern period.

This website is dedicated to the study of Welsh ballads, and includes the following sections:


Editor: Dr E. Wyn James
School of Welsh, Cardiff University