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UK government a problem for Wales, says Rowan Williams

Devolution "is not being given serious attention" in Westminster, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Dr Rowan Williams believes the UK government "is a problem for us here in Wales". As co-chairman of a commission looking into the constitutional future of Wales, he was participating in a panel discussion...
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Poem of the week: Pool by Rowan Williams

Pool begins with the startling sound that sets “one or two new frogs” to “promptly, obligingly” stage “the haiku” by leaping into the pool. The haiku, of course is Basho’s. Anglophone translators have enjoyed imitating the sound the frog makes as it slaps the water’s surface, but Basho, according to his Japanese commentators, is more oblique: his third line simply says “sound of the water.” There is no onomatopoeia: this is left to the reader’s imagination. Rowan Williams is doing the same kind of thing, perhaps, with his first sentence, “A twig breaks.” We have to imagine the cracking sound, and the frogs’ frightened leap to safety.
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