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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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There's the Bard of Avon, and Shakespeare, not to mention the great poet Ron.
She taught Shakespeare classes and, at the end of each academic year, organized a party in which students and she dressed up in togas and recited their favorite lines from the Bard of Avon.
Fittingly Prof Stanley Wells, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - whose office lies a stone's throw from where the Bard of Avon was born in Stratford-uponAvon - produces the nearest thing to a final verdict on the Sanders portrait.
So for those who didn't vote for the Bard of Avon as the Man of the Millennium, The Shakespeare Revue at Birmingham Rep last week was a treat.
Prof Looney (who wisely insisted his name should be pronounced "loney" to rhyme with honey) claimed that the Bard of Avon was in truth Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, whose ancestral seat was Hedingham Castle, near Halstead, Essex.
The Bard of Avon would have liked Batista's playing one of his most famous characters.
No, not the Bard of Avon but the man who used to be, well, the town clerk of Smethwick.
Or, as the Bard of Avon might have put it, all was indeed well that ended well.