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My News for You: Irish Poetry 600-1200


The poems translated here were, with one or two possible exceptions, written between the 7th and 12th centuries AD, making them the oldest vernacular poetry in Europe. Latin, which arrived with Christianity in the 5th century and brought a script, was the only other language in play, although there are occasional loanwords from Norse and other tongues. Scholars can roughly assign the poems to centuries, on the basis of changes in syntax and word forms, but many that were written earlier exist only in later manuscripts. ...

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My News for You: Irish Poetry 600-1200
2015, Shearsman Books, Exeter

ISBN-13: 9781848614338


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