there is a reason why the ancient bards died out. it was the training, according to one of my students.
Bardic training formed the core of druidic teaching. The future bards had to learn raw poems, at least three hundred and fifty stories and study poetic form and grammar.
(from an unpublished, and unpublishable BA paper draft)
ok, the poetic form and grammar. but raw poems. they must have been hard to process. (maybe this explains why at my university poetry is considered to be sth nobody wants to learn, study or think of?)