Soccer Sex Socialism; Life & Soul

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), October 20, 2001 | Go to article overview

Soccer Sex Socialism; Life & Soul


Poet and medicine man Dannie Abse has just published his autobiography and Stephen Johnson discovers a Cardiff lad who thought a great deal about football. . .

Aged 16, and full of the bravado of youth Dannie Abse marched into the offices of the Western Mail and Echo and demanded a job as a columnist.

The precocious member of the sixth form at St Illtyd's College, Splott, proudly announced that "I can write better articles than that idiot Beverley Baxter."

Young Abse was shown the door and journalism's loss was the gain of both the worlds of literature and medicine as Dannie Abse went on to become a a doctor and a poet.

That brief encounter with the gentlemen of the press is recounted in Abse's highly entertaining autobiography Goodbye, Twentieth Century, which is will be available at all good box stores next Thursday, October 25.

At that time Dannie had no idea that he and his two elder brothers, Wilfred and Leo, would ensure that the name Abse would become and integral part of Cardiff history.

His brother Leo, seven years older, went on to form in Leo Abse and Cohen, one of the biggest legal firms in Wales, and as MP for Pontypool, was instrumental in bringing about the liberalisation of the laws which penalised homosexuality and restricted divorce.

It was also Leo that introduced Dannie to the power of words when he took to the soap box in Llandaff Fields and gave a speech which, to this day, Dannie Abse can recall.

'It is given to man to live but once and he should live not to be seared by the shame of a cowardly and trivial past, but so live that dying he might say, "All my life and all my strength have been given to the finest cause in the world, the enlightenment and liberation of mankind."

Recalls Dannie Abse: "I was moved perhaps for the first time by words, by the order of words - not by poetry though, but by rhetoric."

It is said that the past is another country, and nothing shows that truth more clearly than the flood of essays that poured forth from Dannie Abse's pen and written in a little blue exercise book with titles such as On Fascism, On Socialism and On Jazz, but its also a past which blurs for Dannie Abse: "When I look back almost feel estranged from my own past and innocence."

Though somethings never change, as Abse, a keen footballer, who, while at med college, enjoyed football "as much as I have sexual intercourse", recalls a headline in the Echo 'Bluebirds Flatter to Deceive'. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Soccer Sex Socialism; Life & Soul
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.