By Poetic Authority: The Rhetoric of Panegyric in Gaelic Poetry of Scotland to C.1700
- 13 Apr 2012
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 464 pages - 234 x 156 x 38mm
‘This is an indispensable book. It combines into a wide and well-founded survey all that until now had to be laboriously culled from conference proceedings, periodicals and similar publications. Even if only the system of rhetorical codes in the panegyric poetry until 1700 had been presented, this would be a sufficient reason to value this book. However, Coira does not stop here. Against the backdrop of the historical and literary development of Gaelic poetry, the reader obtains a comprehensive picture of Gaelic society, its identity and structure of power, closely bound up with Gaelic literary culture.’ Review translated from Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie
'Dr Coira’s book is to be welcomed as adding comprehensively to the studies of the practice of poetry in Scotland that have emanated in recent years from a new generation of Scottish Gaelic scholars… For thoroughness of approach and originality of thought, this book makes a valuable contribution to the study of Gaelic poetry.' Scottish Gaelic Studies
'The importance of Gaelic to Older Scots literature is highlighted in M. Pia Coira’s 2012 monograph, By Poetic Authority: The Rhetoric of Panegyric in Gaelic Poetry of Scotland to c.1700, which presents a systematic examination of a wide range of poetry by both filidh (highly trained professional poets) and more amateur vernacular poets through the medieval and early modern periods. In tracing a history of the development of Gaelic panegyric poetry in Scotland, Coira demonstrates its reliance on Irish models and the Scottish poets’ determination to reshape the genre in a Scottish context. Her illuminating study highlights the possible overlap between Gaelic and Older Scots in future scholarship.'
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