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The poetry of Taliesin is of enduring interest. Taliesin is best-known for a number of poems reflecting the ancient lore and belief of the Cymric Celts; but he did not write them. Here we present the poems of the real Taliesin, a sixth-century bard who sang the praises of a number of kings from Wales to the North of England, and Scotland.

He probably originated from the Wel
Paperback, 120 pages
Published 1988 by Llanerch Enterprises
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A short book, and shorter than it appears: The poems selected are presented in facsimile medieval Welsh, modern Welsh and English. Of course, if you can read the Welsh versions (I can't) then you'll get more out of it.

Pennar's introduction gives essential information on Taliesin, the kingdoms of 6th-century north Wales and England and historical and cultural context for the poems.

The poems themselves give a fascinating insight into a sparsely documented era, and one which was the foundation for
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A lecturer in Welsh at University of Wales, Lampeter, his specialist fields included medieval Welsh poetry and the Welsh novel in the 19th Century.

His translations of Taliesin poems and The Black Book of Carmarthen were well received and remain in print. He published two volumes of poetry, Syndod y Sêr and Pair Dadeni, and two long poems, Saga and Y Gadwyn.

One of five children, he was the eldest s
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