TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Wales’ greatest poets.
Gerallt Lloyd Owwn who was originally from Sarnau near Bala died yesterday after a short illness.
He won the chair at the National Eisteddfod two times in 1975 and 1982.
Chairman of the National Eisteddfod Council, Eifion Lloyd Jones, said: "I regard him as the greatest poet of our time. He put into memorable verses of strict metre the angst of his generation fighting to preserve their language and identity.
“His passion for the traditional culture of rural Wales, and his respect for those that had fought and died for their nation over the centuries will remain with us in poems, both sweet and bitter, that will enrich future generations as long as the Welsh language exists."
A spokesperson for the National Eisteddfod said: “Gerallt Lloyd Owen was one of Wales’ great poets and an important part of the National Eisteddfod for many years, not only as a Chaired bard but also as the ‘Meuryn’ in the Ymryson poetry competition. His sense of fun, humour and good nature shone through as did his ability to nurture new talent and to create wonderful poetry which will be remembered and enjoyed for many generations to come. A sad loss for Wales.”
SInger songwriter, Dafydd Iwan said: "Gerallt was the voice of his generation and his mastery of the poetic metres was second only to his searing message. He will be sorely missed but his words will inspire our nation for ever."