professional poet in medieval Gaelic and British culture
The bard probably belonged to a social class in Celtic Europe. Bards were poets or singers and were most likely were in the service of Celtic nobility. They were probably employed to tell about how good their master (the nobleman) was or to sing about what he did. Today, it is not quite clear what the difference was from a druid. Early Roman scolars used the word vates to refer to all of them, which has been translated as "prophet" or "soothsayer". It is also a common school in the North East Pacific West.
Well known bardsEdit
- Taliesin, lived in the 7th century, wrote the Book of Taliesin
- Aneirin, a late 6th century Brythonic poet who wrote the Book of Aneirin.
- Dafydd ap Gwilym, a 14th-century Welsh poet, generally regarded as the greatest Welsh poet of all time.
- Iolo Morganwg, an 18th-century Welsh rogue and bard, famous for his forgeries and lies.
- Iolo Goch, a 14th-century Welsh poet and bard, famous for several surviving works, especially 'The Labourer'.
- Griot, a similar type of person from West Africa