Thursday, 16 March 2017

Our poet at Passchendaele 1917

Hedd Wyn
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Ellis Evans, c.1910.
Frontispiece in Cerddi'r Bugail (1918)
BornEllis Humphrey Evans
13 January 1887
TrawsfynyddMeirionyddNorth Wales
Died31 July 1917 (aged 30)
Pilckem RidgeYpres
Resting placeArtillery Wood Cemetery,Boezinge, Belgium
GenreWelsh Poetry
Literary movementRomantic and war poetry
Notable worksYr ArwrYstrad FflurPlant TrawsfynnyddY Blotyn DuNid â’n AngoRhyfel
Notable awardsBard's chair at the 1917National Eisteddfod
Hedd Wyn (born Ellis Humphrey Evans, 13 January 1887 – 31 July 1917) was a Welsh language poet who was killed near YpresBelgium, during the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I
He was a Royal Welsh Fusilier.
He was posthumously awarded the bard's chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod. Evans, who had been awarded several chairs for his poetry, was inspired to take the bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welshblessed peace) from the way sunlight penetrated the mist in the Meirionydd valleys.
His style, which was influenced by romantic poetry, was dominated by themes of nature and religion. He also wrote several war poems following the outbreak of war on the Western Front.

See also the  Oscar nominated 1992 film, Hedd Wyn (film).

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