SIR - Interesting to note Hywel Williams, John Redwood's old special adviser, having a kick at Iolo Morgannwg and his delusionary bardism
which created the Gorsedd getting on to two centuries ago (Welsh language culture has been "kidnapped by anti-modernists").
According to Huw Walters, "Druidism, bardism
and the genesis of the Welsh language were integral parts of Iolo's world and of his posthumous influence."
In character with the high rhetoric of radical Welsh bardism
, Southey in his Preface refused his magnum opus "the degraded title of Epic." (26) Indeed, of all his poems, he identified Madoc consistently as the work he hoped would stand the test of time, and his refusal to dub it an "epic" appears as an authentic British bard's refusal to submit to poetic conventions which had degraded into slavish forms of imitation.