GWILYM DDU O ARFON (fl. c. 1280-1320), poet

Name: Gwilym Ddu O Arfon
Pseudonym: Gwilym Ddu O Arfon
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Ray Looker

it is said that he lived in the place called Muriau Gwilym Ddu (Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon). A little of his work remains in manuscript and this includes two poems in praise of Sir Gruffydd Llwyd of Tregarnedd and written while Gruffydd was imprisoned in Rhuddlan castle, and an elegy to Trahaearn Brydydd ap Goronwy, or Trahaearn Brydydd Mawr - Jes. Coll. MS. 1 and 'Llyfr Coch Hergest' (1225, 1229). An englyn on the coronation of king Edward II in 1307 is also attributed to him (Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon). It is stated that he was poet to prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Edward Jones, Relicks …) but no examples of his poetry to Llywelyn have yet been found.


Published date: 1959

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