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    A Grain of Justice, a Grain of Truth: An Analysis of Obscurity in an Early Medieval Irish Text

    Guidera O'Rourke, Deborah (2017) A Grain of Justice, a Grain of Truth: An Analysis of Obscurity in an Early Medieval Irish Text. NPPSH Reflections, 1. pp. 2-6. ISSN 2565-6031

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    Immacallam in Dá Thuarad or The Colloquy of the Two Sages is a ninth - century text preserved in whole or part in eleven manuscripts dating between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries (Carey, 2014, p. 630), in which two poets Néde and Ferchertne engage in a verbal sparring contest which is often obscure, in an attempt to define their iden tity and status and exact the claim of head poet. This paper focuses on §236, Neglect of Crops; i.e., without cultivating them, or without their growing although they are cultivated; or [neglect] of judgements, and §237, Perjuries (2014, p. 637), from John Carey’s edition of the eschatological section of Ferchertne’s speech. It seeks to demonstrate how these phrases illustrate the complexity of the learning of the medieval Irish poet who delivers an eschatological vision of last days, informed by metaphoric and allegorical references which were employed by a ‘small intellectual elite’ (Boyle, 2016, p. 13), and derived from a combination of poetic, historical, legal, and exegetical erudition.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Early Irish; obscurity; allegory; knowledge; truth; cosmology; literature; literary analysis; NPPSH;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Research Institutes > An Foras Feasa
    Item ID: 8296
    Depositing User: NPPSH Editor
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 08:18
    Journal or Publication Title: NPPSH Reflections
    Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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