Poems by Fearghal Óg Mac An Bhaird
Ó Macháin, Pádraig Carthach
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The poet Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird flourished during the second half of the sixteenth century and the first three decades of the seventeenth century. Sixty poems which can definitely be ascribed to him survive today. Of these, thirteen (over a quarter of his extant corpus in terms of the total number of quatrains) have remained unedited until now and the central part of this thesis consists of an edition of these poems. In broad terms these alternate in subject-matter between eulogies and elegies and range in date from 1580 to c. 1610. Each poem is provided with an introduction, translation, critical apparatus and textual notes. Prefixed to this is a General Introduction in which is attempted an overview of the poet's life and work. The intention here has not been to discuss all of the poet's compositions in detail but rather to focus on aspects of his work which have received little attention to date while at the same time providing a context for the poems edited in the main section of the thesis. Notes on language and editorial principles are also included here. Matters requiring special attention, arising from the General Introduction and from the edited texts, are dealt with in six appendices. These are followed by indexes and by bibliographical material.