Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr

(?1157-?1195)
   Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr (English translation "Cynddelw the Great Poet") was an outstanding Welsh poet of the 12th century. He was court bard to Madog ap Maredudd, the last prince of the entire Kingdom of Powys (died 1160), and then to Madog's enemy Owain Gwynedd, prince of Gwynedd (died 1170). His poems-composed in the Welsh bardic tradition-include a small amount of religious verse and a large number of eulogies to the chief princes throughout Wales. Cynddelw seems, therefore, to have been the chief bard of all of Wales. Some of his poems: "Elegy on Madog," "In Praise of Owain Gwynedd," "Petition for Reconciliation," "Poem on His Death-Bed."
   Sources: Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. Gwaith Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr: Volume 1. Nerys Ann Jones and Ann Parry Owen, ed. University of Wales Press, 1991. Volumes 2, 1995. The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English. Gwyn Jones, ed. Oxford University Press, 1977. University of Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies (http://www.wales.ac.uk/newpages/EXTERNAL/E4156.asp). Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia).

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