The Poets of the Nobility flourished after the fall of independent Wales (1282-84). Metric and thematic innovation, engagement with outside (particularly French) literary influences, and the element of entertainment characterize this poetry. The best-known among these poets, Dafydd ap Gwilym, is credited with developing the distinctive CYWYDD meter, initially used exclusively for love poems but eventually applied to formal poetry. other notable Poets of the Nobility include Gruffudd Llwyd (d. 1335), Gwerful Mechain (fl. 1462-1510), and Llywelyn Bren (d. 1318).
See also Poets of the Princes; Welsh women poets.
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