‘The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.’

William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.  He is often called England’s national poet and the ‘Bard of Avon’ (or simply ‘the Bard’).

Defintion of the word ‘Bard’.

A bard is a poet, especially one who writes or recites epic or heroic poems. This is the most common and literary meaning of the word. 

A bard is also a term for a professional poet-singer or minstrel in ancient Celtic cultures, who was employed by a patron to praise their deeds and ancestors, and to preserve historical and traditional knowledge in verse. 

The ‘bards’ were highly respected and influential in Gaelic and Welsh societies, and their poems were often accompanied by musical instruments such as the harp.

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