This anthology takes us on a whistle stop tour of the centuries offering a flavour of the topics and the styles of welsh poetry in different eras many of them are connected to the countrys landscape and geography in one way or another and a collection of images are included to celebrate this connection. Basil bunting who lived in the north east of england where welsh had been spoken in the sixth century researched the welsh meters using them in his musical masterpiece briggflatts first published in poetry in 1966 for bunting the sound of the words spoken aloud is itself the meaning of a poem. The traditional welsh poetic meters consist of twenty four different types of poetic meter called y pedwar mesur ar hugain in welshthey are all written in cynghanedd of varying degrees of complexity although called traditional they were compiled and later redefined at least once in the late middle ages and omit some of the older forms such as the englyn milwr. Translations welsh poetic forms and metre a history and a little bit more the language of wales is vivid and vivacious to hear it spoken is to listen to music and to understand it is to be part of a culture that has existed for centuries. Wales has a strong and distinctive link with music singing is a significant part of welsh national identity and the country is traditionally referred to as the land of song this is a modern stereotype based on 19th century conceptions of nonconformist choral music and 20th century male voice choirs eisteddfodau and arena singing such as sporting events but wales has a history of music
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