Meilyr Brydydd

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Meilyr Brydydd ap Mabon (fl. 1100-1137) is the earliest of the Welsh Poets of the Princes or Y Gogynfeirdd (The Less Early Poets) whose work has survived.

Meilyr was the court poet of Gruffudd ap Cynan (ca. 1055-1137), king of Gwynedd. He composed a notable awdl farwnad (elegy) on the death of his patron and a marwysgafn on his own approaching end, noted for its intensity and depth of feeling.[1] He had a son named Gwalchmai ap Meilyr.

Bibliography[edit]

  • J.E. Caerwyn Williams & Peredur I. Lynch (ed.), Gwaith Meilyr Brydydd a'i Ddisgynyddion, Cyfres Beirdd y Tywysogion I (Cardiff, 1994). ISBN 0-7083-1187-3