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IEUAN DYFI ( 1461? - 1500 ) .

Nothing is known about the life history of this poet and, indeed, little is known about his work. According to Dr. John Davies of Mallwyd , he hailed from Aberdovey and flourished about 1490 . He was, above all, a poet of love and sang to a maiden called ‘ Anni Goch .’ He wrote a cywydd to show how false women were through all the ages, which, judging from the number of copies still available in manuscript, seems to have been highly popular among the bards and copyists of the period. Gwerful Mechain (q.v.) wrote a caustic reply.

Sources:

  • Leslie Harris , ‘Huw Cae Llwyd ac eraill’ (dissertation for the degree of M.A., University of Wales, 1933 ).

Author:

Leslie Harries, M.A., (1901-88), Llaneurgain, Flintshire

Published date: 1959