ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 5, 2019
Duanaire na Sracaire: Songbook of the Pillagers: An Anthology of Medieval Gaelic Poetry
Edited by Wilson McLeod; Translated by Meg Bateman
Duanaire na Sracaire is the first anthology to bring together Scotland’s Gaelic poetry from the millenium c.600-1600 AD, when Scotland shared its rich culture with Ireland. It includes a huge range of diverse poetry: prayers and hymns of Iona, Fenian lays, praise poems and satires, courtly songs and lewd rants, songs of battle and death, incantations and love poems.All poems appear with facing-page translations which capture the spirit and beauty of the originals and are accompanied by detailed notes. A comprehensive introduction sets the context and analyses the role and functions of poetry in Gaelic society. This collection will appeal to poetry lovers, Gaelic speakers and those keen to explore a vital part of Scotland’s literary heritage.
Wilson McLeod teaches in the department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University.Meg Bateman was born in Edinburgh and studied Gaelic at Aberdeen University where she also taught for many years. Her poetry is included in numerous anthologies such as the Penguin Book of Scottish Verse and the Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945.