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The Midnight Court by Brian Merriman

The Midnight Court (edition 2006)

by Brian Merriman, Ciaran Carson (Translator), Elizabeth Rivers (Illustrator), Jessica R. Koman (Designer)

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Title:The Midnight Court
Authors:Brian Merriman
Other authors:Ciaran Carson (Translator), Elizabeth Rivers (Illustrator), Jessica R. Koman (Designer)
Info:Wake Forest University Press (2006), Edition: First North American, Paperback, 63 pages
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Tags:Illuminated poetry

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The Midnight Court is a very amusing and entertaining poem. This translation is brilliant and I think everyone would appreciate Merriman's wit. The subject matter is still relevant today despite the fact the original poem was written in the 18th Century. I would even recommend this text to people who do not like poetry, as it has a strong story and is very accessible.

I did not enjoy the other poems. It felt like something was lost in translation, which was a shame. ( )
  nebula21 | Apr 29, 2015 |
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Brian Merrimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marcus, DavidTranslatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Feritear, PiarasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hyde, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keating, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mac Giolla Gunna, Cathal BuidheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O Riordain, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O Suilleabhain, Tadhg GaelachContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Rahilly, EganContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearse, PadraigContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O Murchu, Liam P.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A racy, word-rich bawdy poem that has earned it enduring popularity since it was first written by Clare poet Brian Merriman around 1780. It is regarded as one of the finest pieces of comic literature in Irish and until recently was censored or bowdlerised in academic texts for its frank sexual references and anti-clericalism. This poem gives an excellent picture of rural Ireland in the late eighteenth century, and its feminism and enunciation of celibacy, including that of the clergy, make it seem contemporary. Patrick C. Power's translation endeavours to come as near as possible to the rural attitudes and style that are so much part and parcel of the flavour of the original.

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