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Cambridge History of Irish Literature: Volume 1 by Margaret Kelleher, Philip O'Leary

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By Margaret Kelleher, Philip O'Leary

This complete heritage of Irish literature is written in either its significant languages, Irish and English. The twenty-eight chapters within the two-volume heritage offer an authoritative chronological survey of the Irish literary culture. Spanning fifteen centuries of literary success, the 2 volumes variety from the earliest medieval Latin texts to the past due 20th century. The participants, drawn from a number of Irish, British and North American universities, are across the world popular specialists of their fields. that includes an in depth chronology and publications to extra interpreting for every bankruptcy, this significant undertaking becomes the main connection with Irish Literature. Cambridge Histories Online

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What is not clear is the precise nature of the relationship in early Christian Ireland between the filid and the clerics, but there is no doubt that there was a considerable degree of overlap between the two. 57 There is a good deal of evidence that the clerics, the filid and the jurists exercised their respective roles within a single literary and scholarly establishment. For one thing, our sources for Early Irish, abundant as they are, show very few features that could be described as dialectal.

87 A distinguishing feature of Irish culture in the seventh and eighth centuries was the confidence and apparent ease with which external elements were combined with inherited ones. This is true of scholarship, literature and art. We encounter some towering figures in these centuries, but much of what survives is anonymous. Many of the individual works are of a high order, and only a small number of them could be noticed here. It was during this period that patterns were set that were to endure in Irish literature for many centuries to come: in language, in metre, in narrative and in much else.

61–140. Kelly, Fergus, A Guide to Early Irish Law, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1988.

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