By Poetic Authority: The Rhetoric of Panegyric in Gaelic by M. Pia Coira

By M. Pia Coira

By way of Poetic Authority offers a entire survey of medieval and early smooth Scottish Gaelic poetry, reading the actual type of poetic diction within the extant corpus. via a set set of literary conventions, the courtroom poets of the interval gave sanction to their consumers' management, a necessary activity which served to maintain the harmony of society. those conventions, often called the panegyric code, have been in a wide degree borrowed by means of the extra demotic vernacular poets and certainly permeate all Gaelic literary genres, together with annals and chronicles. initially demonstrated within the poetic colleges of eire, the code followed a few distinctive kinds in Scotland, reflecting specific social and political advancements. The booklet is the 1st specified and systematic assortment and category of the rhetoric of management in Scottish Gaelic poetry, from the earliest occasions to the start of the 18th century. as a result of its social and political functionality, even though, this poetry additionally unearths a lot in regards to the society within which it flourished, fairly in appreciate of matters to Gaelic id and loyalties: as Gaels, as Scots, and as participants of the early-modern country of england. the various book's rather worthwhile good points are: a cautious research of the 'panegyric code,' together with its composition and employment * divergences from the verified conventions obtained from the colleges of eire * a dialogue of the problems of sovereignty, loyalties, and identities, as mirrored within the poetry * a singular systematic class of Scottish kindreds (clans) in keeping with their very own genealogical claims. The e-book will end up to be a useful source for these learning Celtic, Gaelic, and Scottish literature, and the heritage of the medieval and early glossy classes. *** "As a complete, Coira's paintings splendidly demonstrates how the very positive aspects of the verse that problem the trendy ear (conventionalized subject matters and versification) enabled the verse to satisfy its epideictic functionality: to attach a warrior's acts with the mandatory activities (the history!) of a ruler satisfying the necessities of leadership." -- Scotia, magazine of Scottish stories, Vol. XXXVI, 2014˜

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For a recent edition of Colum Cille’s elegy see Clancy and Márkus (eds) 1995, pp. 96–128. ) 1998, p. 113, are fragments of elegies for two different individuals who died in 622 and 625 respectively. See also below, chapter 7, p. 289. 28 That some of these poetic fragments deal with events of a local political character suggests that the authors may have been local too, although we cannot be entirely sure. That there was poet traffic between Scotland and Ireland from very early times — although its volume is impossible to determine — is well known.

36 Ceannaigh duain t’athar, a Aonghas, for which see below, chapter 3, pp. 63–6 passim, 69 n. 78. 37 Bannerman 1989, pp. 139–142. , p. 143. 39 A strong case has been made for the possibility that the Irish model was not adopted (or perhaps was adopted to various degrees) throughout Gaelic Scotland. See MacInnes 1975, p. 193; McLeod 2004, pp. 65–6. 40 I have found no hard evidence of this, apart from that suggested by the case of Muireadhach Albanach (who, however, was an incomer) who founded, if tradition has it correctly, his own poetic family in Scotland.

73 and n. 97. 55 Buchanan 1579, p. 65; Bannerman 1977, pp. 221, 226. 56 Grant 1959, p. 46. , p. 121. 58 See below, chapter 4, p. 155–6 and n. 159. 59 It is likely that other chiefs of standing, like Mac Fionghuin or Mac Néill, as well as the heads of Mac Domhnaill cadet branches such as Mac Mhic Ailéin or Mac Eóin of Ardnamurchan were inaugurated in the same fashion. But for this there is no actual evidence, while for lesser kindreds, which probably maintained no filidh at all, as is discussed next, inauguration according to Gaelic custom may not have been a feature of succession.

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