Early Welsh literature

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Last updated: 20 October 2009

Literature in Wales has a long and impressive history. Though many works have been lost over the ages and many authors are now long forgotten, what remains is still a hugely diverse and rich collection.

Browse the section to discover some of Wales' earliest poets, learn about poetry through the ages, find out more about the myth-filled Mabinogion and legends of Arthur and Merlin in Welsh literature.

Introduction to early Welsh literature

An introduction into the rich history of early Welsh literature.

The Early Poets

The Early Poets, Y Cynfeirdd

Taliesin

Information on the work of early poet Taliesin.

Aneirin

Information on the work of early poet Aneirin.

Poets of the Princes

Poets of the Princes, Y Gogynfeirdd

Poets of the Nobility

Poets of the Nobility, Beirdd yr Uchelwy

Glossary of terms

Glossary of terms used in the explanation of early Welsh literature.


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