Series : Poets of the Nobility

30: Gwaith Syr Dafydd Trefor

Front page of 'Gwaith Syr Dafydd Trefor'

Rhiannon Ifans
Published   2005
ISBN 0 947531 823
Publisher  Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru
Price £10.00
Size 234 x 156mm
Format Clawr papur/Paperback, xxi+249

This volume contains the complete bardic works of ‘Sir’ Dafydd Trefor, a cleric-poet and the rector of Llaneugrad and Llanallgo on Anglesey, who was born c. 1460 and died of the Black Death c. 1528. Many of his poems are requests for gifts, namely a bow, a mare, a rosary and a harp. He also composed songs of praise and elegies, and religious songs (albeit not as many as one might expect), among them a delightful song of praise to St Dwynwen, patron saint of Welsh lovers.

Although Sir Dafydd Trefor greatly enjoyed the company and prosperous lifestyle of the gentry, he sang of the brevity of life and the transitoriness of its finery. This social-historical element may well prove to be the main attraction of his work since his songs are an interesting reflection of the life of a cultured priest on Anglesey during the period immediately preceding the Protestant Reformation.