Bard is a concept that comes from go, a Latin term. The notion is used as a synonym for poet. A vate, therefore, is an individual who is dedicated to the creation of poetry.
For example: “The Buenos Aires vate will receive the award next week, in an act that will take place at the Casa de la Cultura”, “Jorge Luis Borges and Rubén Darío are my favorite guys”, “The round table will feature the participation of a novelist, an essayist and a vate, who will analyze the literary news of Latin America”.
It is important to note that vate is often used in a literary context or when it is intended to give the language a certain refinement. The word poet it is much more popular in everyday, colloquial language.
Let us remember that the poetry It consists of the expression of feelings and aesthetic criteria through the word. Poetry is usually written in verse, although it can also develop in prose. The vates, in this context, produce texts with these characteristics.
It is curious to know that, although the term vate is used to refer to poets, there are different publications that, throughout history, come to make qualifications regarding all those individuals who had their tool of expression or work in poetry.
Specifically, in that sense, they came to establish four different figures in this regard:
-The poet, who is the one who invents, the one who has the greatest gift for poetry and who identifies himself as being fruitful, impetuous and creative.
-The bard, who was the Druid poet who was in charge of singing verses in the festivals that were organized with religious origin.
-The vate, who identified himself as a forecaster, as a prophet. Hence it was determined that he was someone solemn and inspired.
-The troubadour, who was a singer, a Provençal poet. He came to be in charge of singing quarrels and loves to bring poetry closer to the people. It was considered to be a perfect mix between poet, pilgrim and soldier. Also, characteristics such as bravery and gallantry were attributed to him, without forgetting that he was considered to be a great adventurer.
It is interesting to note that this word has come to be used throughout history with important meanings in different cultures and civilizations. A good example of this is that the Celts used that term to refer to one of the most relevant figures within the priestly status. It used to be a man and was in charge of tasks such as sacrifices, worship and medicine.
Do not confuse vate with bat. When the word is written with B initial, you can mention the stick that is used in some sports to hit a ball or to a conjugation of the verb shake (defeat, shake, stir): “I remember when I was a kid, a player for the New York Yankees autographed my baseball bat.”, “You whisk the cream while I cut the fruits”.
BARD, finally, is the initials corresponding to Victorian Association for the Teaching of English that promotes the teaching of English in Victory (Australia).