The Super-Tramp in Wales
15/03/12 12:00 - Filed under : books
W H Davies’s trek from Carmarthen to London – the tramp-poet from Newport describes the people and places he comes across on his journey.
W H Davies was born in Newport in 1871, he’s famous for his poem Leisure and for his The Autobiography of a Super Tramp which describes the time he spent in the USA and Canada.
In A Poet’s Pilgrimage, published in 1918, he takes a walking tour from Carmarthen to London. He describes his route and the people he meets on the road and at the roadside taverns – hawkers, tramps, beggars, rag-and-bone men, boxers, sailors.
Years earlier Davies fell and crushed his foot while attempting to jump a freight train in Ontario, his lower leg had to be amputated and since then he wore a wooden leg - he must have worn his wooden leg throughout the journey described in this book but it is never mentioned!
A Poet’s Pilgrimage is availabe as a digital e-book in epub and mobi formats through the Cromen shop and as a paperback book on Amazon and Lulu – go to the A Poet’s Pilgrimage page for further information.