Irish Bardic Poetry and Rhetorical Reality

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This study explores the rhetorical devices used by Irish bardic poets to create poetry of literary worth and abiding interest. A number of poems selected for this study are read with emphasis on the rhetorical characteristics they shared with work of similar status in other parts of Europe in the High Middle Ages.
Irish bardic poetry is an expression of medieval European high literary cultures. Its themes, tropes and treatments are, along with being an expression of indigenous Irish literary culture, reflexes of the shared classical culture of the Europe of the High Middle Ages. This work explores the rhetorical reality in the works of poets from the thirteenth (Adamh O Fialan) to the seventeenth centuries (Eochaidh O hEoghusa). Emphasis is placed on the literary world of the poetry, building on the metrical, linguistic, textual studies and editions published by scholars over the last century. The readings presented here reveal the world of Irish bardic poetry as a fully chromatic, vibrant, humorous, scholarly and literary enterprise. Poets participated creatively and consciously in contemporary literary movements, filtering and selecting to suit the sensibilities of the vital indigenous literary culture. The readings offered in this study re-establish the international flavor of Irish bardic profane poetry and, in doing so, return the poet and the poetry to a world in which the literary works have merit in their own right.
In this study, bardic poetry is not explored for its immediate historical references to events or to people. The result of this is to cast a bright light both on the literary nature of the poetry and on the vigorous and engaged literary culture in Ireland, abandoning, for once, the necessity to refer everything to the duality of conquered and conqueror.

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Michelle O’Riordan is Assistant Professor and Publications Officer, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. She is author of The Gaelic Mind and the Collapse of the Gaelic World (Cork University Press, 1990), and coeditor of Celtica 22 (1991), and Celtica 23 (1999).

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O Riordan offers an in-depth look at selected Irish-language poems from the post-Norman period. Her analyses are along rhetorical lines rather than strictly philological ones, as her title suggests, and the study has a polemical edge. She claims that Irish poets were an extension of general European poetic traditions of eulogy, elegy, and satire as expounded in Latin rhetorical treatises and practiced on the European continent. In arguing this, she refutes those who she says expound an exclusionary view of Irish verse, the notion that Irish bardic poetry represents an unbroken, unique poetic tradition from the past uninfluenced by Continental models. However, this reviewer knows of no one who would hold this position without qualification. 0 Riordan certainly makes her point: the poems she chooses for discussion do conform to rhetorical treatises. But she overlooks the possibility that eulogy, elegy, and satire from traditions uninfluenced by European treatises might also show conformity, given the nature of such verse. Be that as it may, this scholarly book makes a striking contribution to a field that is too little studied. Although passages of Irish are translated into English, it is intended largely for specialists. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty. (Choice)

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