THE grandson of a Llanrwst man who emigrated to Australia and later presented the 1937 bardic chair visited the Maes yesterday The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, of the Archdiocese for the Military Services in Washington DC, was keen to locate the chair which was escorted to Wales by his grandfather, Edward Absalom Rawson, for the National Eisteddfod at Machynlleth.
Home to Hedd Wyn and his 13 siblings, the farmhouse has three bedrooms, which now display five of the bardic chairs won by the poet at local and provincial Eisteddfodau.
When she was finally cleared to play in a basketball game nearly a month into the season, Stevenson guard Ava Bardic had to adjust not only to varsity speed but varsity speed as a freshman.
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 religious poetry.
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.