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Poets and Politics: Continuity and Reaction in Irish Poetry, 1558-1625 Marc Caball

Poets and Politics: Continuity and Reaction in Irish Poetry, 1558-1625

Marc Caball

Published April 1st 1998
ISBN : 9781859181621
Paperback
280 pages
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This study highlights significant intellectual and cultural elements in bardic poetry, challenging depictions of the bardic elite as a static intellectual phenomenon, and fundamentally refocusing cultural and social assumptions underlying GaelicMoreThis study highlights significant intellectual and cultural elements in bardic poetry, challenging depictions of the bardic elite as a static intellectual phenomenon, and fundamentally refocusing cultural and social assumptions underlying Gaelic poetry. The author argues that the mentalite of the poets cannot be understood without reference to the unprecedented social upheavals of their time. Recent historical scholarship has shown that the poets existed in a far less archaic society than has been previously assumed, and this is reinforced by the existence of an inherent dynamism in the poetry.