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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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On hearing the news of his bardic success and tragic death the chair was covered in a black shroud and returned to his home where it as remained on show ever since.
Hedd Wyn, top left, and his Bardic chair, main picture - a replica can be seen in Birkenhead today Main picture: ARWYN ROBERTS
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The Rev Hughes from Newport in Pembrokeshire used the bardic name Carn Ingli, after the hill fort outside his native town.
The presentation follows the recent visit by the North Wales Rugby Choir to Langemark where they presented the village with a Bardic Chair.
Schuchard's project seeks to overturn decades of scholarship that has treated Yeats's preoccupation with the bardic arts as a minor and somewhat embarrassing aspect of his poetic theory and practice, asserting that, on the contrary, it was "the most consuming preoccupation of Yeats's literary life, and the most integral to his art" (xxii).
The breathless bursts of Bardic drama were part of a Shakespeare Festival that ran this week for three days at the specialist arts and community college.
The wooden bardic chair, given to the winning poet at this year's festival in Bala, Gwynedd, in August, was sponsored by North Wales Police to the tune of pounds 3,450 - with another pounds 750 going as prize money.
He joined a procession of new recruits at an open-air ceremony where he took the bardic title Matthew Taf after the river that runs through the Welsh capital.
While the laws, the bardic grammars, and other historical records from the medieval period in Wales provide us with some information on the practice of both cerdd dafod and cerdd dant, it is principally from the extant poetry itself that we can hope to glean some knowledge about the performance of these crafts.
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The 23-year-old Tyrone lad has played three gigs in the Bardic Theatre in Donaghmore to raise funds for the local community.