Òran na Comhachaig

Dòmhnall Mac Fhionnlaigh

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Òran na Comhachaig, ascribed to the sixteenth-century poet, Dòmhnall mac Fhionnlaigh nan Dàn, has long been regarded as a jewel in the crown of Gaelic poetry.

ISBN: 9780903586054 Category:

ISBN: 9780903586054

Publisher: Scottish Gaelic Texts Society

Publication date: 08 August 2012

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Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, 2012. 175 pages. Hardback.

With Dòmhnall Mac Fhionnlaigh nan Dàn

A critical edition with English translation and annotations

Òran na Comhachaig, ascribed to the sixteenth-century poet, Dòmhnall mac Fhionnlaigh nan Dàn, has long been regarded as a jewel in the crown of Gaelic poetry. It is concerned with a number of themes which are common within the Gaelic poetic tradition, but the poem itself cannot be placed within a single category of verse. Although it includes praise of heroes and chiefs, it is not a clan poem or a panegyric; although it expresses regret for loss and mortality, it is not an elegy; nor is it a call to arms, or to the hunt, although it reflects deeply on hunting.
The natural world is a central topic, but it is not treated in isolation from other subjects. Several themes are, in fact, worked together, creating a sense of order and balance, where conflict and variance might have been expected. Recollecting past pleasures mainly through the 'voice' of an Owl, Òran na Comhachaig depicts a radiant landscape in which harmony prevails.

Given its variety of themes, scholars have wondered whether the poem might be a conflation of several poems, rather than a single work. The present volume proposes an answer to that question. It contains an updated, indicative text, based on the existing documentary evidence, with an English translation, annotations and a discussion of the background and literary context of the poem.

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