Bardic poetry
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The bardic poetry of the early modern period is viewed as part of a tradition which has its origins in the poetry of Celtic court singers (Old Irish: baird; Welsh: bardd). The term Bardendichtung is used for German poetic composition around 1765-1775 which sought to revive this poetry, understood as “Old Germanic,” generally in epic and lyrical forms. National cultural efforts were realized in bardic poetry, which tried to match the great poets of antiquity with an equally noble Nordic culture. In the German-speaking realm two …

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Kohl, Katrin, “Bardic poetry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017334>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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