Welsh Poetry Traditions

It’s written in history that Wales has one of the earliest literacy traditions in Northern Europe, which stretches back as far as the days of Aneirin and Taliesin. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the two poets, Aneirin was believed to have been a court poet from the 17th century. Taliesin was an early Brythonic poet of Sub-Roman Britain, way back in 6th Century AD! Impressive as it sounds, Welsh poetry has been at the forefront of the Welsh school’s curriculum’s ever since, with pupils performing and understanding the beauty behind works from many Welsh poet, including Dylan Thomas, Hedd Wyn, R.S. Thomas and many more.

Poetic History
The current list of famous Welsh writers is as long as a list of live casinos, but we’ll give you the details of just a few.

Richard Aaron was a professor of philosophy at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, from 1932 to 1969. From 1938 to 1968 he edited the Welsh language journal of philosophy, Efrydia Athronyddol. Richard Aaron was born in Blaendulais, Glamorgan on the 6th of November 1901. Retiring in 1969, he taught for one term at Carlton College in Minnesota before returning to his home of Wales. While at home he wrote articles for the 1974 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but he eventually began to feel the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and died at home on 29th March 1987.

Daniel Abse, CBE FRSL was a Welsh poet and physician, born on 22nd September 1923 in Cardiff to non-Welsh speaking parents. The title of Dannie Abse’s collected poems; White Coat, Purple Coat (1989), refers to his lifelong professions of being a physician and a poet. Considered one of the most important Welsh writers, Daniel stated; “I like to think I’m a poet and Medicine my serious hobby.” Abse lived mainly in London but never forgot his roots.

Hedd Wyn was a Welsh-language poet born on 1th January 1887. Unfortunately, he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I. He was posthumously awarded the bard’s chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod; said to be the greatest honour for any Welsh poet. Born in the village of Trawsfynydd, Wales, Evans wrote much of his poetry while working as a shepherd on his family’s hill farm, but to this day, nobody knows what inspired his romantic poetry. Notable works include; Yr Arwr, Ystrad Fflur, Plant Trawsfynnydd, Y Blotyn Du, Nid â’n Ango and Rhyfel.


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