Ellis Evans, c.1910.
Frontispiece in Cerddi'r Bugail (1918)
|Born||Ellis Humphrey Evans|
13 January 1887
Trawsfynydd, Meirionydd, North Wales
|Died||31 July 1917 (aged 30)|
Pilckem Ridge, Ypres
|Resting place||Artillery Wood Cemetery,Boezinge, Belgium|
|Literary movement||Romantic and war poetry|
|Notable works||Yr Arwr, Ystrad Fflur, Plant Trawsfynnydd, Y Blotyn Du, Nid â’n Ango, Rhyfel|
|Notable awards||Bard's chair at the 1917National Eisteddfod|
Hedd Wyn (born Ellis Humphrey Evans, 13 January 1887 – 31 July 1917) was a Welsh language poet who was killed near Ypres, Belgium, during the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I.
He was a Royal Welsh Fusilier.
He was posthumously awarded the bard's chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod. Evans, who had been awarded several chairs for his poetry, was inspired to take the bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welsh: blessed peace) from the way sunlight penetrated the mist in the Meirionydd valleys.
His style, which was influenced by romantic poetry, was dominated by themes of nature and religion. He also wrote several war poems following the outbreak of war on the Western Front.
See also the Oscar nominated 1992 film, Hedd Wyn (film).
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