In Jan. 1824 he went to Thomas Richards ( 1785 - 1855 ) , to prepare for entrance to a university, and remained there till Dec. of that year, when he entered Jesus College , Oxford ; he graduated in 1828 . During his stay at the university he continued to compete occasionally at eisteddfodau — his elegy to bishop Heber won the prize at the eisteddfod held at Denbigh in 1828 — and read everything he could find relating to the history and literature of Wales in the Bodleian and the College library . Having been ordained, and licensed curate of Holywell in 1829 , he was appointed rector of Maenordeifi in 1833 . He was editor of Y Cylchgrawn , published under the auspices of the S.P.C.K. , for the eighteen months of its existence, 1834-5 .
In 1839 he m. Matilda Dear , Pistyll , near Holywell . He d. 19 May 1840 . A marble tablet to his memory was placed on the wall of Maenordeifi (‘ Manordivy ’) church.
Alun is remembered for his poems in the free metres: ‘ Rhywun ,’ ‘ Cerdd Hela ,’ ‘ Cathl i'r Eos ,’ ‘ Cân Gwraig y Pysgotwr ,’ and ‘ Abaty Tintern ’ (a free translation of an English original with four additional lines at the end). These poems are the forerunners of the lyrical poetry produced by the romantic movement.
Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959