Fwd: Cilmeri by Gerallt Lloyd Owen



Subject: Cilmeri by Gerallt Lloyd Owen
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 06:15:09 EDT

Bardic poetry is another of my occasional interests on this site. In my opinion the language is of vital importance, and the bardic art is a high art, the most technically intricate poetry in the world. It would therefore be catastrophic to lose such a cultural treasure and I think that this is also the opinion of the United Nations. In such an intricate structure, it is always a challenge to maintain poetic meaning, and I can see that Gerallt Lloyd Owen has managed to do so in a masterly way. This poem won the Chair at the Abertawe (Swansea) National Eisteddfod on 1982. For example one part of the long poem (Awdl or Ode) is written in the very ancient englyn milwr pattern, with three lines, all rhyming, each of seven syllables, one line ending on an accented word. The opening stanza is as follows:

Yn fraw agos ar frigyn Gwelaf leuad llygadwyn Mor oer a^’r marw ei hun.

The first line contains a cynghanedd consonantal pattern: f, r, g ……. f, r, g. The second contains internal rhyming called cynghanedd lusg, (leuad llygad … wyn) and the third line a consonantal patter m, r ….. m, r. It is a dramatic account of the sudden appearance of great numbers of the enemy on a ridge, which in the second line is compared with the moon’s cold eye, in the third line as cold as death. There is no straining for effect by over use of the consonantal alliteration.

There is no difference between creative thought in any of the subjects, art or science.


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