Bard or Bard of Avon



  • William Shakespeare, who was born and buried at Stratford-upon-Avon.It became customary to refer to Shakespeare in this way in the mid-to-late18th century.
    For the bard of all bards was a Warwickshire Bard.
    David Garrick: 'Song' (1785)

    The term bardolatry, meaning excessive or idolatrous admiration for Shakespeare,was popularized by George Bernard Shaw in the early 20th century.