3. The Historical Taliesin

A question to consider . . .

  • As we see in this historical poetry, the Welsh bards were not only composers and performers, they were also myth-makers. One of the main myths they evoked in their poetry was that of the great hero, the brave and generous king. Was this merely to flatter and appease the egos of violent men, or could it serve a higher purpose? How could it also serve the broader society?


  • 6th century Britain:
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  • Taliesin, ‘In Praise of Urien’ translated by Gwilym Morus-Baird: