!!> Epub ➞ The Midnight Court ➝ Author Brian Merriman – Realestatelawcenter.us

The Midnight CourtMaster Poet, Storyteller And Translator Ciaran Carson Has Great Fun With This Eighteenth Century Erotic Masterpiece, Which Deals With The Topic Of Repression, Sexual And Otherwise The Midnight Court Has Been Called One Of The Greatest Comic Works Of Literature, And Certainly The Greatest Comic Poem Ever Written In Ireland.

!!> Epub ➞ The Midnight Court ➝ Author Brian Merriman – Realestatelawcenter.us
  • Hardcover
  • 62 pages
  • The Midnight Court
  • Brian Merriman
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9781852353872

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  1. says:

    I read the English version by Patrick C Power I can see the potential, but his efforts to preserve the couplet assonance resulted in what seemed very awkward results My guess is the Ciaran Carson translation would be a very different poem and much enjoyable Interesting for the criticism of English rule and the call for abolishing clerical celibacy, as well as frank celebration of female sexuality If you re in search of a magic ritual for finding a husband, there s a passage with lots of recipes You might try a spade under your pillow, lying on a cabbage or putting your distaff in the wheat drying hut In part, it s hard to imagine even a great poet capturing all of the Gaelic music, which I can only guess at since Gaelic spelling and pronunciation seem so far apart to me Power s Coming toward me at the haven sideThe large thighed, big bellied, ...

  2. says:

    As others have already said, a very witty, bawdy, entertaining read, one that can be enjoyed on that level alone But to fully appreciate the social and literary significance of the poem, I d recommend some background reading, in particular a Declan Kiberd essay in Irish Classics DK argues that M was parodying conventions of the traditional aisling vision poem in Gaelic literature, and in the process promoting the vernacular in Irish language What critics once counted as a weakness may now be seen as Merriman s virtue his refusal of the poetry talk of Munster tradition Realism impelled him to tell a good story through colourful characters caught up in an inherently stressful situation Merriman s genius lay in his capacity to write in a language very close to everyday speech of his Clare, and yet somehow to infuse that speech with the rhymes and assonances of poetry He understood, perhaps better than anyone, that Gaelic poetry had too often failed to trust the rhythms of conversational speech DK also argues that M offers a quite liberal, if not radical, vision of sexual s, though he acknowledges any feminist message gets muddled, if not outright compromised, by a rather safe ending that softens views of sexual freedom promoted earlier.If that seems like work than a book should require, I m sympathetic I typically don t feel like I need to read some literary scholarship to enjoy or understand a work, and in thi...

  3. says:

    This pretty much strained my command of written Irish to breaking point since I read the original version first, and then checked it against one of the better translations I d definitely missed some of the elliptical colloquialisms That said it s worth reading in Irish because there is a sense of humour, mindset and turn of phrase that loses a lot of it s nuance and ribald poetry in translation It s a loooong poem Not Paradise Lost long but still at 1000 lines long enough presented as an Aisling or vision poem I think it might gain something in seeining it performed Traditionally the poem is divided into three or sometimes five parts I imagine the humour is even accessible when performed The plot is the Aoibheal, a Sidhe queen, is asked to aritrate over a dispute between the women and the men of the village A young woman accuses the men of ruining the women s chances of fulfillment and happiness by refusing to marry An old man answers angrily that the state of depravity and greed of women is the re...

  4. says:

    This witty, rollicking, and ribald poem was written in 1780 by Brian Merriman, a resident of County Clare, Ireland Little is known about the poet The poem is a variant of the aisling, a literary genre in which a poet typically wanders into the wild and meets a fairy woman identified with Ireland who predicts the return of the rightful Irish king In this poem, however, the fairy is ugly and threatening, dragging the author off to a court where the issue of Irish under population is being tried before Aoibheall, the Queen of Heavens First, a young Irish woman bemoans the refusal of Irish men to procreate Then an old man accuses the young woman of being a slut The woman berates him and calls for penalties against those men ignoring the yearnings of woman, even calling upon the Catholic clergy to wed or at least cease withholding themselves from women The verdict is that all men over 21 years old who are unmarried shall be punished The narrator, who is 30 and unwed, is turned over to the women for his punishment but awakens from his nightmare at the last minute.This rather bald plot description is entirely inadequate to convey the cleverness and roistering wit of the poetry Carson s translation is delightful, the rhyme...

  5. says:

    This poem reminds me a bit of Keats La Belle Dame Sans Merci by that, I mean it s like a satire version of the Keats poem, with added social commentary I especially enjoyed reading the varied translations, each with their own rhythm, rhymes, and overall feeling.

  6. says:

    Eh It was odd I m glad I read it But it was strange But good But strange.

  7. says:

    How dare this old dirt bird discuss womenkind,When a proof of his manhood no woman can find This is a gem of a poem, and a fantastic translation If you haven t read it, you won t regret picking it up.

  8. says:

    Funny, bawdy, anachronistic translation, but it works A classic.

  9. says:

    Ribald and or scatalogical poetry are not my idea of literature though both were produced by a writer I admire, Jonathan Swift The world of publishing was a very different one in the 1700 and 1800s and ribald humour was openly indulged than is generally the case today The value of The Midnight Court is primarily as an artifact of the age rather than as literature It is, in its way, a social document that pulls back the Irish lace curtain revealing the lust and hypocrisy of the privileged classes in a kind of democratic dip into the low life that crosses class boundaries and makes a mockery of pretense Certainly there is no claim to literary achievement here any than in Boccacio and none of the wicked irony of Chaucer Were is not so rare a find, it would not be a find at all but give...

  10. says:

    Wonderful translation of an old classic Prof Prionsias O Conluain of the Merriman summer school said it was the best translation of this poem he has even read, keeping as far as possible, not only the meaning but also the sounds of the original Irish verse Some other beautiful poems as well Love it.

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