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Irish Texts Society Volume 20: Iomarbhágh na bhFileadh

€42.00

Book Details

Published by Irish Texts Society

January 1920

Hardback

Number of pages: 177

The bardic poems contained in Lambert McKenna's two-volume edition of the Iomarbhágh ostensibly reflect an argument between groups of Irish poets in the early 1600s as to which was superior, the southern half of Ireland or its northern counterpart. However, in his new introduction, published in 1994, Joep Leerssen wrote that it represented more than a final display of bardic erudition and eloquence, 'it was also a unique registration of an ancient literary tradition trying to come to terms with the drastic disintegration of both its social raison d'être and its cultural Weltanschauung'.