Fwd: For UN: Analysis of the Bardic Strict Metre Poetry in Welsh



Subject: For UN: Analysis of the Bardic Strict Metre Poetry in Welsh
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 08:20:57 EDT

This is probably the most highly developed poetic technique in Europe, and the word “bard” comes from the Celtic “bardd”, a person of considerable standing, second to the prince in the Celtic hierarchy. In 400 BC Celtic culture was that of 80% of all Europe. I give an analysis here of the “englyn unodl union”, one of the strict metre forms which has been very carefully conserved over seven centuries. I show this by comparing an englyn attributed to Dafydd ap Gwilym by Prof. Sir Thomas Parry, and an englyn of mine completed just yesterday on a particularly cold March we are having here. The technique is exactly the same, and over seven centuries the language has hardly changed. Dafydd was a contemporary of Dante and Chaucer, one of the three great European poets of that time. Chaucer’s English is considerably different from modern English, and Saxon is extinct, being completely differenet from English. This illustrates the fact that Welsh is a classical language still spoken. In fact it may be as much as ten thousand years old. It is sadly neglected by people in Wales who should be taking the lead, but the ordinary people feel deeply and fervently about it, and are trying to keep it alive, trying to learn it and t pass it on to their children in difficult circumstances. Finally I give an analysis of a famous poem by Dylan Thomas, “Over Sir John’s Hill”, written about 1948 in Laugharne, warning of the atomic bomb, “the hawk on fire”. I show that Dylan uses half remembered bardic technique, both his parents were fluent Welsh speakers. My predecessor from Wales on the Civil List, the great poet Vernon Watkins, and I both think that this is Dylan’s best poem. We all come form Swansea or its environment adn Vernon’s parents were also fleunt Welsh speakers. They both lost the language, or rather, half remembered it as many people in Wales do.

Prof. Myron Wyn Evans of Glyn Eithrym. British Civil List Scientist.

Attachment: abardicanalysis.pdf


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