Watkins, Vernon

Watkins, Vernon,

1906–67, British poet, b. Maesteg, Wales, educated at Cambridge. Like his close friend Dylan ThomasThomas, Dylan
, 1914–53, Welsh poet, b. Swansea. An extraordinarily individualistic writer, Thomas is ranked among the great 20th-century poets. He grew up in Swansea, the son of a teacher, but left school at 17 to become a journalist and moved to London two years later.
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, Watkins was profoundly influenced by his Welsh background. His poetry combines serious meditation with an ecstatic acceptance of the world. Among his volumes of poetry are The Ballad of Mari Lwyd and Other Poems (1941), Selected Poems (1948), The Death Bell and Other Poems (1954), Affinities (1962), and Uncollected Poems (1969).

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See his edition of his correspondence with Dylan Thomas (1957).

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So you ended up with a team featuring the likes of Garan Evans, Matthew Watkins, Vernon Cooper, Richard Parks and Alix Popham, who had just a handful of caps between them, with one Rhys Oakley on the bench, alongside then rookies Mike Phillips and Huw Bennett.
They were also joined by some of today's star players from the Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets regional sides, including Gareth Baber, Matthew J Watkins, Vernon Cooper, Ritchie Pugh and Lee Beech.
They were also joined by some of today's star players from the Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets, including Gareth Baber, Matthew J Watkins, Vernon Cooper, Ritchie Pugh and Lee Beech.
Scott Quinnell, Matthew Watkins, Vernon Cooper and John Davies have to be content with places on the bench after Jenkins stuck with the side, McBryde apart, that beat Leinster.