John Powell Ward

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John Powell Ward (born 1937) is an English poet and academic. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University.[1]

John Powell Ward was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk.[2] He studied at the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge before embarking on an academic career in Swansea. Between 1977 and 1984, he was a regular presenter of the BBC radio programme Poetry Now, and from 1975 to 1980 he edited Poetry Wales.[3] In 2012, an exhibition of his "Poetry or Type" project was on view at the Hay-on-Wye Poetry Jamboree.[4][5]

He is the father of the actor Tom Ward.



  • The Other Man (Christopher Davies, 1969)
  • To Get Clear (Poetry Wales Press, 1981)
  • The Clearing (Poetry Wales Press, 1984)
  • A Certain Marvellous Thing (Seren, 1993)
  • Genesis (Seren, 1997)
  • Late Thoughts in March (Seren, 1999)
  • Selected and New Poems (Seren, 2004)
  • The Last Green Year (Cinnamon Press, 2008)
  • Instead Of Goodbye (Cinnamon Press, 2017)


  • Social Reality for the Adolescent Girl (University of Wales, Swansea 1976)
  • Poetry and the Sociological Idea (Harvester Press, 1981)
  • Wordsworth's Language of Men (Harvester Press, 1984)
  • Raymond Williams (University of Wales Press, 1984)
  • The English Line (Macmillan, 1991)
  • As You Like It (Harvester: Shakespeare New Readings, 1992)
  • Thomas Hardy's Poetry (Open University Guides, 1993)
  • The Poetry of R. S. Thomas (Seren Books: Poetry Wales Press, 1987)
  • The Spell of the Song: Letters, Meaning, and English Poetry (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press USA, 2004)


  • Poetry and the Sociological Idea, Welsh Arts Council Award for literary criticism, 1981
  • The Clearing, Welsh Arts Council Award for poetry, 1984
  • The Spell of the Song, Outstanding Academic Title Citation, American Libraries Association, 2004


Further reading[edit]

  • Fiona Owen - "Language of Light: The Poetry of John Powell Ward", Welsh Writing in English, Volume 7, 2001-2.