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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 question of whether that description is indicative of bardic school practice in the early medieval period has recently been answered in the affirmative by Damian McManus, who finds support in Irish bardic poetry for the Marquis's claim that the ability to read and write was required of students admitted to the bardic schools.
This reflects our immaturity cultural retardation, poverty of imaginative thought as well as an absence of local and national pride," he told a Bardic school in Timoleague, West Cork.
Clerics were trained on the continent, while the disappearance of the bardic schools forced poets to resort to forms of poesy which seem baroquely elegant to us but which they regarded as strictly economy-range.