By M. Pia Coira
By means of Poetic Authority provides a accomplished survey of medieval and early smooth Scottish Gaelic poetry, analyzing the actual kind of poetic diction within the extant corpus. via a set set of literary conventions, the court docket poets of the interval gave sanction to their consumers' management, a vital job which served to maintain the solidarity of society. those conventions, referred to as the panegyric code, have been in a wide degree borrowed through the extra demotic vernacular poets and certainly permeate all Gaelic literary genres, together with annals and chronicles. initially proven within the poetic faculties of eire, the code followed a few special varieties in Scotland, reflecting specific social and political advancements. The ebook is the 1st precise and systematic assortment and class 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, although, this poetry additionally finds a lot in regards to the society within which it flourished, relatively in appreciate of concerns to Gaelic id and loyalties: as Gaels, as Scots, and as individuals of the early-modern nation of england. a few of the book's rather precious beneficial properties are: a cautious research of the 'panegyric code,' together with its composition and employment * divergences from the tested conventions obtained from the colleges of eire * a dialogue of the problems of sovereignty, loyalties, and identities, as mirrored within the poetry * a unique systematic category of Scottish kindreds (clans) in accordance with their very own genealogical claims. The e-book will turn out to be a useful source for these learning Celtic, Gaelic, and Scottish literature, and the background of the medieval and early smooth sessions. *** "As a complete, Coira's paintings splendidly demonstrates how the very gains of the verse that problem the fashionable ear (conventionalized issues and versification) enabled the verse to meet its epideictic functionality: to attach a warrior's acts with the required activities (the history!) of a ruler satisfying the necessities of leadership." -- Scotia, magazine of Scottish stories, Vol. XXXVI, 2014Ëœ
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16 13 AFOD, p. 2 (quotation). For other examples see Bateman 1990, pp. 7–8. This, however, deserves further exploration, since there is evidence that religious poetry was, like secular panegyric, composed on commission and for reward (see Dán Dé, p. xii), and therefore some moral may have been intended. , p. 12, and Mo-chean duit a Cholaim cháidh. 14 See above, chapter 1, p. 2. See also Coira 2008a. 15 Ó Buachalla 1983, p. 86. 16 Biaidh athroinn ar Inis Fáil, §19bc. Forghas: the river Fergus in Clare, in the earl’s territory.
32 For Muireadhach Albanach see, for instance, Thomson 1960–3, pp. 277–81. For the possibility of Muireadhach being a different individual from the Muireadhach Ó Dálaigh of Lios an Doill, with whom he has been traditionally identified, see Simms 2007. Lios an Doill: Lissadell, Co. Sligo. 8 Gaelic court poetry in Scotland: historical background this quest he was successful, for we find him attached to the hereditary mormhaoir, or earls, of Lennox. Muireadhach’s choice of patrons may be of interest.
While we have evidence, in the extant corpus of classical panegyric, for at least a number of families keeping their hereditary poets until the early eighteenth century,50 whether the poets continued to have a role in their patrons’ inauguration ceremonies is less certain. Our evidence relates only to those who, increasingly since John of Fordun’s time (late fourteenth century), came to be known as ‘Highlanders’ and to be viewed as ‘wild’ and culturally inferior. 51 Moreover, although we know that Gaelic inauguration survived until the close of the sixteenth century in Ireland,52 whether all the Scottish Gaelic lords of the later medieval and early modern periods preserved this tradition, and for 49 For an overview of Gaelic inauguration rites see Simms 2000, pp.