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[W, fairly early poet].

Name for courtly Welsh bards or poets of the 12th to early 14th centuries, after Llywarch Hen (9th-10th cents.) but before Dafydd ap Gwilym (fl. 1320–70). Their poetry, often celebrating military feats, uses ancient diction and intricate forms.

See Edward Anwyl, The Poetry of the Gogynfeirdd (Denbigh, 1909);Arthur Hughes and Ifor Williams, Gemau'r Gogynfeirdd (Pwllheli, UK, 1910);J. E. Caerwyn Williams, The Poets of the Welsh Princes (Cardiff, 1994).

Subjects: Religion.

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