In Jan. 1824 he went to Thomas Richards ( 1785 - 1855 ) , to prepare for entrance to a university, and remained there till Dec. of that year, when he entered Jesus College , Oxford ; he graduated in 1828 . During his stay at the university he continued to compete occasionally at eisteddfodau — his elegy to bishop Heber won the prize at the eisteddfod held at Denbigh in 1828 — and read everything he could find relating to the history and literature of Wales in the Bodleian and the College library . Having been ordained, and licensed curate of Holywell in 1829 , he was appointed rector of Maenordeifi in 1833 . He was editor of Y Cylchgrawn , published under the auspices of the S.P.C.K. , for the eighteen months of its existence, 1834-5 .
In 1839 he m. Matilda Dear , Pistyll , near Holywell . He d. 19 May 1840 . A marble tablet to his memory was placed on the wall of Maenordeifi (‘ Manordivy ’) church.
Alun is remembered for his poems in the free metres: ‘ Rhywun ,’ ‘ Cerdd Hela ,’ ‘ Cathl i'r Eos ,’ ‘ Cân Gwraig y Pysgotwr ,’ and ‘ Abaty Tintern ’ (a free translation of an English original with four additional lines at the end). These poems are the forerunners of the lyrical poetry produced by the romantic movement.
Principal / Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959