Eighteenth-Century Ireland

Filíocht Shéamais Daill Mhic Cuarta - Nótaí Teanga

Eighteenth-Century Ireland (1991), 6, (1), 77–91.

Abstract

Irish verse of the post-classical era depends for its effect very largely on rich assonantal patterns. As this period was also that during which Irish poets took to composing in the vernacular, rather than in conformity with the requirements of the, by then obsolescent, classical standard, the assonantal rhymes found in their work often provide valuable information on the variety of Irish spoken in a particular locality during a poet’s lifetime. This information is, as is shown here, by no means limited to the pronunciation of particular lexical items but also provides details of morphological development and the provenance and form of various loan-words current in the language of the time. The work selected for study in this particular instance is the published verse of the Co. Meathpoet, Séamas Mac Cuarta ‘the Blind’, (c. 1650-1733).

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WATSON, SEOSAMH