Banned and beloved in equal measure, The Midnight Court is a canonical eighteenth-century text widely considered to be one of the greatest comic Irish poems. Despite its simple story line, Merriman's poem addresses a wide range of themes from its satirical treatment of sexuality to its biting social commentary. This volume, the first critical edition, offers readers a fluid translation and five essays that contextualize the poem, making it an ideal text for any student of eighteenth-century Irish literature. Written specifically for the nonspecialist reader, O Conchubhair's edition contains notes, a glossary, a map, and explanations of the rhyme, meter, form, and genre that traditionally puzzle those unfamiliar with the Irishlanguage tradition. The essays explore the text's themes and allusions, acquainting readers with the poem's controversies and critics' competing interpretations of Merriman's achievement."
Author: Brian Merriman Publisher: Syracuse University Publications in Continuin Published: 09/01/2011 Pages: 178 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.46lbs Size: 8.00h x 5.58w x 0.47d ISBN: 9780815632603
About the Author
Brian Merriman (1749-1805) was an Irish-language poet and teacher.
David Marcus (1924-2009) was the literary editor of the Irish Press, helped found Poolbeg Press, and edited over thirty volumes of Irish short stories and poetry. He authored several novels, short story collections, and the autobiography Oughtobiography: Leaves from the Diary of a Hyphenated Jew. Brian Ó Conchubhair is associate professor of Irish language and literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous articles and Irish-language instructional materials, and the editor of Why Irish? Irish Language and Literature in Academia.