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Awen is a Welsh, Cornish and Breton word for "(poetic) inspiration". In the Welsh tradition, awen is the inspiration of the poet bards; or, in its personification, Awen is the inspirational muse of creative artists in general: the inspired individual (often a poet or a soothsayer) is described as an awenydd. Emma Restall Orr, founder and former head of The Druid Network, defines awen as 'flowing spirit' and says that 'Spirit energy in flow is the essence of life'.

In current usage, awen is sometimes ascribed to musicians and poets. It is also occasionally used as a male and female given name.

It appears in the third stanza of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau, the national anthem of Wales.

Usage examples of "awen".

Once lost, the awen is never recovered and its light passes out of the world forever.

The awen is the breath of the Dagda which guides and instructs, and which sets a bard apart from other men.

They swung, parried, lunged and fought like crazed men caught up in an ancient battle awen, a formidable spell that neither could nor wanted to break.

I had not entered into this heightened state, this battle awen, since Goddeu.

From his holy awen he spoke forth many things, but ever he spoke the truth.

I tell you the truth, no foe confronting the spectacle of Llenlleawg gripped in the awen of battle remained unpersuaded for long.

It came to me that I had not entered into this heightened state, this battle awen, since Goddeu.

For to telle of this teuelyng of this trwe kny3te3, Hit is the tytelet token and tyxt of her werkke3, How ledes for her lele luf hor lyue3 han auntered, Endured for her drury dulful stounde3, And after wenged with her walour and voyded her care, And bro3t blysse into boure with bountees hor awen-- And 3e ar knyyght comlokest kyd of your elde, Your worde and your worchip walke3 ayquere, And I haf seten by yourself here sere twyes, Yghet herde I neuer of your hed helde no worde3 That euer longed to luf, lasse ne more.