Michael Hartnett's masterly translations of Aodhagan O Rathaille (c.1670-1729) grant us entry into issues of religious, political, and economic conflict. They marry the energy of the original meters to the vitality of fervent speech. A variety of Gaelic forms pulses with excitements and anxieties. The laments fuse personal and cultural sorrows and proffer reports of the death of an entire civilization.
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Silver of Silver
On the Death of Tadhg 6 Croinms Three Children
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Acheron Aodhagan Atropos back comes Mac barren become become and lie beside Tonn Toime blood brave Cashel chieftain Christ clergy County Kerry crooked crowd crying Cuchulainn Death died Domhnall druids Eoghan eyes face famous forehead foreign forever free prince Gaelic gave Gearalt gentle Geraldines girl Glin gloom glory Goll Goll Mac Morna greasy greedy grief hawk heart Heaven hero holy hounds Ireland Irish John Bowen John Brown Kate Stephen Kilkenny kingdoms Laune Liffey Limerick Lithe Lord Kenmare lovely Mac an Cheannaf Mac Morna MacCarthy mansion merry Moved beside Tonn Munster Murty Niall noble Oh stone Oscar overlord pain pearl Phoenix physician plundered Poems poets poor priest prince Rathaille rotten royal ruin Shannon shelter shoes Silver of Silver soldiers sorrow Southern Hotel star strong sweet Tadhg tears there's no relief Thomond torment townland trees Valentine Brown vinetree warriors weeping wine withered woman women wounded Youghal