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, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 25 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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