Duanaire Not Death: An Antrim Example of the Pen being Mightier than the Sword

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Abstract

One could argue that there are, in Ireland, three main Ossianic texts, spreading over the last thousand years. These are Acallamh na Senórach (Colloquy with the Ancients) composed in the 12th century, the collection of Ossianic verse which became known as Duanaire Finn (the Poem-Book of Fionn) compiled between 1626-27 and the three-volume edition of this manuscript (1908, 1933 and 1953). This essay looks at the circumstances under which Duanaire Finn and its edited volumes were compiled and delves into the mindset of those who undertook the work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51
Number of pages1
JournalIntersections (Postgraduate Journal - Arts , Humanities , Social Sciences)
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Ballad Poetry
  • Heroism,
  • Native Poetry
  • Irish Poetry
  • Lays
  • Outlawry
  • Ossianic Tales
  • Folktales
  • Manuscript Tradition

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