awdl

plural  awdlau,  

      in Welsh verse, a long ode written in cynghanedd (a complex system of alliteration and internal rhyme) and in one or more of the 24 strict bardic metres, though only 4 bardic metres are commonly used. The awdl was, by the 15th century, the vehicle for many outstanding Welsh poems. It remains the predominant form in the annual national eisteddfod; since 1887 a wooden chair (the chair is the Welsh bard's highest honour) has been awarded the writer of the winning awdl. Despite the criticism advanced by some that the form is obsolete, awdlau of high poetic merit are still occasionally written.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • awdl — /owˈdl/ (Welsh) noun A Welsh ode conforming to the strict metrical, alliterative and internal rhyming conventions of traditional bardic verse …   Useful english dictionary

  • Awdl — An awdl is a long poem written in Welsh in one of the twenty four strict metres, using cynghanedd. Such poems are considered among the finest work that a poet can aim to produce, and prizes are given at eisteddfodau for the best awdl.A famous… …   Wikipedia

  • awdl — noun A long poem written in Welsh using cynghanedd and one of twenty four strict meters …   Wiktionary

  • AWDL — Advanced Weapon Data Link (Business » Products) Aviation Weather Development Laboratory (Governmental » Transportation) * Airline Wireless Data Link (Computing » Networking) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • List of Welsh language poets (6th century to c.1600) — See also Welsh language poetry has, until quite recently, been regulated by specific verse forms (Canu Caeth), with the encouragement of the eisteddfod movement. The following list is as inclusive as possible for the years prior to 1600. It… …   Wikipedia

  • Lewys Glyn Cothi — (Llywelyn y Glyn) (fl. 1447–1486)    A wandering Welsh bard of the late 15th century, Lewys Glyn Cothi was known for his Welsh nationalism during a period of oppressive British laws, and also for his partisan verse composed during the War of the… …   Encyclopedia of medieval literature

  • Daniel Evans (Daniel Ddu o Geredigion) — Daniel Evans (1792 – 28 March 1846), better known by his pseudonym, Daniel Ddu o Geredigion, was a Welsh language poet. Life Evans was born at Maesymynach, a farm in the parish of Llanfihangel Ystrad, Cardiganshire …   Wikipedia

  • Celtic literature — Introduction       the body of writings composed in Gaelic and the languages derived from it, Scottish Gaelic and Manx, and in Welsh and its sister languages, Breton and Cornish. For writings in English by Irish, Scottish, and Welsh authors, see… …   Universalium

  • Gwalia — is an archaic Welsh name for Wales. It dervies from the Medieval Latin Wallia , which in turn is a Latinisation of the English Wales . (For the Germanic etymology of this name see Walha.) Although never as widely used as Cymru , Gwalia was once… …   Wikipedia

  • Hywel Foel ap Griffri ap Pwyll Wyddel — (fl. c. 1240 1300) was a Welsh language court poet. Hywel Foel’s only surviving work is an awdl which laments the capture and imprisonment of Owain ap Gruffudd at Dolbadarn Castle. The text of this awdl is preserved in the Hendregadredd… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.