Largely self-educated, Evans showed an early talent for poetry in the Welsh bardic
It was the home of Ellis Humphrey Evans, bardic
name Hedd Wyn, who won the chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod five weeks after his death during the Battle of Passchendaele in Flanders.
Private Evans, of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, had been awarded the Bardic
chair for his poem, Yr Arwr (The Hero).
In honour and respect for his memory, the Bardic
Chair was draped in a black cloth.
Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic
Poetry in the Industrial Age
I don't know if I have ever seen such a powerful collection of Gaelic poetry, even the books on the different centuries of Gaelic bardic
verse that appeared over the years.
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Some topics explored include medieval Irish genealogies and genetics, the Turnberry Band, James the Usurper of Desmond, church reform in Connacht, heresy in Ireland in the 13th and 14th centuries, the court poet in early Ireland, and biblical allusions in Irish bardic
He was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Bardic
movement which sought to encourage a revival of Welsh language and culture by holding Eisteddfodau - competitive festivals where prizes were offered for music, song, poetry and historical essays.
The rods were discovered in the killing fields of Flanders near to where the poet Hedd Wyn - the bardic
name of Ellis Humphrey Evans, who famously won the 1917 National Eisteddfod chair posthumously - was mortally wounded.
A great nature poet, Clarke has an energising relish for words as themselves ('froth and flummery') and although she writes in English has been much-influenced by the bardic
tradition of poetry in Welsh.
The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic