Dafydd ap Gwilym, born at Brogynin near Aberystwyth between 1315 and 1320, is considered a great medieval poet of European stature. Influenced by the troubadour poetry of Provence, he was a breath of fresh air with his themes of love and nature.
Dafydd ap Gwilym's Poems
His poems such as 'Mis Mai' describing his love for the month of May, or ‘Y Gwynt' - an ode to the wind - still enchant today with their originality and the strong rhythm of alliterative ‘cynghanedd’. Some of his poems like ‘Trafferth Mewn Tafarn’ (trouble in a tavern), were full of humour, and some even a little risqué! He even claimed in 'Merched Llanbadarn' that he went to church simply to watch the girls!
Walk in Dafydd ap Gwilym’s footsteps in Brogynin in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, visit Llanbadarn church, and his grave at Strata Florida, which is also the burial site of the sons of The Lord Rhys of Deheubarth, a powerful warlord, generous patron of Strata Florida’s scholarly monks and of the arts, and according to tradition, the instigator of the first eisteddfod at Cardigan castle in 1176.