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bard,

in Wales, term originally used to refer to the order of minstrel-poets who composed and recited the poems that celebrated the feats of Celtic chieftains and warriors. The term bard in present-day usage has become synonymous with poet, particularly a revered poet.

bard

1. 
a. (formerly) one of an ancient Celtic order of poets who recited verses about the exploits, often legendary, of their tribes
b. (in modern times) a poet who wins a verse competition at a Welsh eisteddfod
2. Archaic or literary any poet, esp one who writes lyric or heroic verse or is of national importance
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The Bard of Avon penned his play about the King 100 years after his death and many believe Shakespeare got his portrayal of him as a jealous, scheming monster dramatically wrong.
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In the wake of those remarks The Post launched a competition to find the best-loved heritage site in the region that has nothing whatsoever to do with the Bard of Avon.
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because by the time students take a first course, they have been exposed for years to notions about The Bard of Avon, and often have been traumatized by well-intentioned but pedagogically inept elementary-school efforts to teach his plays.
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In the opening speech of "The Tragedy of King Richard the Third," published in 1591, the Bard of Avon has his title character declare: "I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, / Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, / Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time / Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, / And that so lamely and unfashionable / That dogs bark at me as I halt by them.
Had they recognised the connection they would have trumped by 40 years the American writer and amateur historian Paul Streitz, who has published a book which purports to show that the Virgin Queen and the Bard of Avon were actually mother and son.