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The wedding poems of Dáibhí Ó Bruadair


ed. Margo Griffin-Wilson
Published: 2010
Pages: xiv + 497
Reference: F.3.17
ISBN: 978-1-85500-216-6

This book presents a new edition and translation of three seventeenth-century Irish wedding poems and considers the relationship of each poem to its occasion. Primary focus is on two compositions by Dáibhí Ó Bruadair, the most illustrious poet of his period, who celebrates wedding festivities at the home of his patron in Cahirmoyle, Co. Limerick. Ó Bruadair comes to the feast to ‘entwine and marry’ the couple, and he accomplishes the task in a recitation of conventional praise, comic verses and prose interludes. A third wedding poem by a lesser known author with connections to prominent Ulster families is included as an Appendix.

In a wide-ranging introductory discussion the author explores various contexts for interpreting Ó Bruadair’s wedding poems. Drawing on primary historical sources, eye-witness accounts of travellers in Ireland, and the work of other scholars, she brings together the scant details of the poet’s life and considers historical events which affected him and his patrons. The poems themselves are a rich source for the poet’s role at the wedding feast. The performances are set within a mix of prose and verse known as crosántacht, and an analysis of Ó Bruadair’s distinctive rendition of this style concludes the introduction. Extensive textual commentary on language and topographical allusions is provided, and the editions include a detailed metrical analysis.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 19 May, 2010.

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