A Celtic Miscellany: Selected and Translated by Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson

Front Cover
Kenneth Jackson
Penguin UK, Apr 27, 2006 - Literary Collections - 352 pages
0 Reviews
Including works from Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Breton and Manx, this Celtic Miscellany offers a rich blend of poetry and prose from the eighth to the nineteenth century, and provides a unique insight into the minds and literature of the Celtic people. It is a literature dominated by a deep sense of wonder, wild inventiveness and a profound sense of the uncanny, in which the natural world and the power of the individual spirit are celebrated with astonishing imaginative force. Skifully arranged by theme, from the hero-tales of Cú Chulainn, Bardic poetry and elegies, to the sensitive and intimate writings of early Celtic Christianity, this anthology provides a fascinating insight into a deeply creative literary tradition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

PREFACE
HEROTALE AND ADVENTURE
HEROTALE AND ADVENTURE1 How Cú Chulainn Got His Name
2 Cú Chulainn and the Charioteer
3 The Killing of Edarcomhol
4 Cú Chulainns Meeting with Findabhair
5 Ceitherns Bloodtransfusion and Death
6 Cú Chulainn in the Valley of the Deaf
125 Imperial Caesar Dead and Turned to Clay
125
126 The Court of Ifor Hael
126
CELTIC MAGIC
127
CELTIC MAGIC
125
128 The Story of Lludd and Llefelys
128
129 Ruadh in the Land Under the Wave
129
130 The Creation of Blodeuwedd2
130
131 The Magic Gamingboard
131

7 The Story of Deirdre
8 The Death of Conchobhar
9 How Celtchar Killed the Brown Mouse
10 How Cobhthach Contrived his Brothers Death
1
11 The Recognition of Ulysses
2
NATURE
3
NATURE
6
13 The Coming of Winter
8
14 Winter Cold
9
15 Winter
11
16 The Four Seasons
12
17 A Storm at Sea
14
18 The Hermits Hut
16
19 Arran
19
20 The Hill of Howth
20
21 Deirdre1 Remembers a Scottish Glen
21
22 The Ivied Treetop
22
23 Suibhne the Wild Man in the Forest
23
24 Suibhne Praises the Garbh
23
25 To May and January
23
26 The Birchwood Bower
23
27 The Snow
23
28 The Mist
23
29 The Stars
23
30 The Burial of the Poet Dead for Love
23
31 The Poets Arbour in the Birchwood
23
32 To a Birchtree Cut Down and Set Up in Llanidloes for a Maypole
23
33 The Mansion of the Woods
23
34 To the Sun
24
35 To the New Moon
25
36 To the Moon
26
37 The Mountain Stream
27
38 Winter and Summer
28
LOVE
29
LOVE
31
40 How Trystan Won Esyllt
37
41 Secret Love
39
42 The Jealous Husband
41
43 The Seagull
43
44 In Defence of Women
44
45 To Her Hair
45
46 Reconciliation
46
47 The Lovers Doubts
47
48 Do Not Torment Me Woman
48
49 The Hidden Love
49
50 Take Those Lips Away
50
51 Trust No Man
51
52 Happy for You Blind Man
52
53 Hate Goes Just as Far as Love
53
54 The Blackthorn Pin
54
55 The Indifferent Mistress
55
56 Parted Lovers
56
57 The Message of the Eyes
57
58 Shes the White Flower of the Blackberry
58
59 How Glad Are the Small Birds
59
60 Young Lad of the Braided Hair
60
61 At the Fiddlers
61
62 He Whose Hand and Eye Are Gentle
62
63 The Blackhaired Lad
63
64 The Laundresss Sweetheart
64
65 Mary My Darling
65
66 Kate of Garnavilla
66
67 The Ballad of Marivonnik
67
68 Fhir a Bhàta
68
69 The Slender Lad
69
EPIGRAM
69
EPIGRAM
70
71 The Blackbirds Song
71
72 The Hermit Blackbird
72
73 The Spring
73
74 Heather Flowers
74
75 Mountain Lakes
75
76 Sliabh gCua
76
77 Merioneth
77
78 The Pole Star
78
79 Night
79
80 Night and Morning
80
81 The Wind
81
82 The Storm
82
83 Thick Snow
83
84 The Snowfall
84
85 Floodtide
85
86 Autumn
86
87 Winter Has Come
87
88 Womens Tongues
88
89 Womens Hats
89
90 The Proud Lady
90
91 The Twig and the Root
91
92 Love Gives Wings
92
93 Her Light Step
93
94 Like the Birchtree
94
95 Lovelier than the Sun
95
96 Red and White Roses
96
97 Promiscuity
97
98 Dream and Reality
98
99 The End of the Day
99
100 The Boorish Patron
100
101 Finns Generosity
101
102 Weariness of Body and Weariness of Spirit
102
103 How Happy Are the Wild Birds
103
104 Quando Ver Venit Meum?
104
105 Sorrow
105
106 Woe Is Me that I Ever Was Born
106
107 Old Age Comes not Alone
107
108 Old Age and Death
108
109 Lifes Uncertainty
109
110 Thoughts of Death
110
111 Stealthy Death
111
112 Not Divided in Death
112
113 On the Tomb
113
114 The Lovers Grave
114
115 For a Grave at Trawsfynydd
115
116 Epitaph on a Little Girl
116
117 Everymans Epitaph
117
118 On Two Shipwrecked Sailors
118
119 The Praises of God
119
120 Christ before Pilate
120
121 A Vain Pilgrimage
121
122 The Monks Mistress
122
123 On Mael Mhuru the Poet
123
124 Dinas Bran
124
132 From The Voyage of Mael Dúin
132
133 The Magic Pigs of Cruachu
133
134 The Black and White Sheep and the Blazing Tree
134
135 From The Voyage of the Uí Chorra2
135
136 The Three Werewolves from the Cave of Cruacha1
136
137 How the Fenians Found the Fairy Hill
137
138 The Air Ship1
138
139 The Burial of the Priests Concubine2
139
140 Drowned Giantesses1
140
DESCRIPTION
140
DESCRIPTION
141
142 Froech and the Fairy Women
142
143 Midhirs1 Invitation to the Earthly Paradise
143
144 The Islands of the Earthly Paradise
144
145 The Arrival at the Earthly Paradise
145
146 Morning Sun
146
147 Sunshine through the Window
147
148 The Mowers
148
149 The White Lake of Carra
149
150 Iubhdháns Fairy House
150
151 Uncomfortable Lodgings
151
152 The Cliff of Alternan
152
153 Édaín the Fairy
153
154 Olwen
154
155 Gruffudd ap Cynans Wife
155
156 The Reign of Gruffudd ap Cynan
156
157 From The Misty Corrie
157
158 From The Song of Summer
158
159 You Are Whiter than the Swan
159
160 At the Battle of Magh Mucraimhe
160
161 The Battle of Ventry
161
162 The Monster of Scattery Island
162
163 St Brendans Vision of Hell
163
164 The Homeward Voyage
164
165 The Troublesome Gillie
165
HUMOUR AND SATIRE
166
HUMOUR AND SATIRE
166
167 Bricrius Practical Joke
167
168 Culhwchs Arrival at the Court of King Arthur
168
169 Some of King Arthurs Wonderful Men
169
170 Eating a Mouse Includes its Tail
170
171 The Guest House at the Monastery of Cork
171
172 The Elders of the End of the World
172
173 From the Early Welsh Laws
173
174 The Vanity of Women
174
175 The Girls of Llanbadarn
175
176 A Night at an Inn
176
177 The Magpies Advice
177
178 The Poet and the Grey Friar
178
179 My Purse Gramercy to You for This
179
180 Welsh Harper and English Bagpiper
180
181 The Letter of ONeill to Sir John McCoughleyn
181
182 Civil Irish and Wild Irish
182
183 The Students Life
183
184 A Smart Young Woman
184
185 The Midwives and the Father
185
186 Where Are You Going to my Pretty Maid?
186
187 Egan ORahilly and the Minister
187
188 On the Murder of David Gleeson Bailiff
188
BARDIC POETRY
188
BARDIC POETRY
188
190 The Battle of Tal Moelfre1
190
191 The Killing of Hywel ab Owein1
191
192 Maguire and MacDermot1
192
193 The Fertile Lands of Cathal Ó Conchobhair1
193
194 Prosperity in the Time of Tadhg Ó Conchobhair1
194
195 The Praise of Fermanagh
195
196 The Harp of Cnoc Í Chosgair
196
197 From the Lament for the Four Macdonalds1
197
198 To the Earl of Argyll before the Battle of Flodden1
198
199 Who Will Buy a Poem?1
199
200 On the Death of William Gould
200
201 To Arouse the Gael in Support of Prince Charles1
201
ELEGY
202
ELEGY
202
203 From the Elegy on Cynddylan1
203
204 Eimhers Keen over Cú Chulainn
204
205 The Wild Man of the Woods1
205
206 The Wild Mans Life
206
207 The Wild Man Comes to the Monastery
207
208 Deirdres Farewell to Scotland1
208
209 Elegy on Druim nDen
209
210 Senility
210
211 Elegy on Gruffydd ab Addaf ap Dafydd
211
212 The Vision
212
213 The Unquiet Grave
213
214 Tyn y Coed
214
215 Longing
215
216 The Braes of Glen Broom
216
217 Elegy on the Ruins of Timoleague Abbey
189
218 Lament for Reilly1
192
219 Elegy for His Daughter Ellen
194
220 The Death of Màiri
196
221 The Lament for Art OLeary1
197
RELIGION
205
RELIGION
208
223 The Wish of Manchán of Liath
210
224 The Hermit
212
225 St Brendan and the Harper
214
226 St Ides Wish
216
227 I Should Like to Have a Great AleFeast1
217
228 The Little Boys Who Went to Heaven
218
229 A Ghost Story
219
230 The Resurrection of Bresal Son of Diarmaid
221
231 From The Vision of Adhamhnán
223
232 The Tree of Life
232
233 How St Scoithín Got His Name
233
234 St Mael Anfaidh and the Birds Lament for St Mo Lua
234
235 St Columbas Nettle Broth
235
236 Mo Chuas Riches
236
237 Repentance before Death
237
238 Damnation
238
239 Christs Bounties
239
240 The Murder of Abel
240
241 St Meriasek Arrives in Cornwall
241
242 The Best and Worst Nail in the Ark
242
243 A Prayer to the Virgin
243
244 A Charm with Yarrow
244
NOTES
245
PRONOUNCING INDEX OF NAMES
267
Copyright

Common terms and phrases