The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry, 550-1350

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Thomas Owen Clancy, Gilbert Márkus
Canongate Books, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 374 pages
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The Triumph Tree brings together for the first time the poetry of five languages—Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Anglo Saxon and Norse—in an accessible, scholarly anthology of translations that form a spectacular window on Scotland's past. Ranging from war to religion, nature to love, the quality and power of these poems display the riches of a vanished world. Alongside famous works such as "The Gododdin" (here in its most faithful translation yet) and "The Dream of the Road", are poems by and for St Columbia, the homesick verse of Gaelic poets on crusade, the court skalds of the Orkney earls, poems in praise of strong drinkers, harps, books and islands, and much else besides—many of which have never before appeared in translation.

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This is an excellent collection of early and medieval poetry from the north of Britain, competently translated into modern English from five languages (Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Old English and Norse). As ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Thomas Owen Clancy is a poet and lecturer in the Department of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of articles on numerous aspects of early medieval Celtic studies, and co-author, with Gilbert Márkus, of Iona: The Earliest Poety of a Celtic Monastry.

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