Irish Poetry, from the English Invasion to 1798

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After Keating

FRANCIS HUTCHINSON'S Defense of the Antient Historians . . . of Ireland and Great Britain ( 1734),116 Walter Harris' translation and edition ( 1739-64)117 of the works of Sir James Ware, and Charles O'Conor's Dissertations on the History of Ireland ( 1753)118 are testimony of the deepening interest in Ireland's past during the mid- eighteenth century. Tantalizingly, Hutchinson in his preface speaks of the Irish natives as having "of late translated many of their old Fragments into English Verse and Prose";119 but he prints none of these translations. His book, which is in the form of a dialogue between a Protestant and a Catholic, defends staunchly the work of Walsh, Keating, and MacCurtin;120 since he himself admits that he knew little Gaelic,121 his knowledge of Keating very likely came from O'Connor's translation.

Sir James Ware ( 1594-1666), antiquary and politician who finally rose to the auditor-generalship of Ireland,122 wrote in Latin; his works dealing with Irish antiquities have, save for his catalogue of the writers of Ireland that is mentioned above,123 no especial pertinence to this study. Walter Harris, his granddaughter's husband, published besides his translation of Ware

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Dublin.
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The Whole Works of Sir James Ware concerning Ireland, 3 vols., Dublin. An earlier English translation of Ware was published in London in 1705 entitled The Antiquities and History of Ireland
Dublin.
P. v.
120
See pp. 56-57; 96-97.
121
Preface, p. xiv: "For altho' I pretend not to understand much of the Language, yet I have several Books written in it, and am no stranger to it's Character and Alphabet."
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DNB.
P. 46.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Part I - The Poetry 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 2 - Gaelic or English? 4
  • 3 - From the Invasion to 1400 12
  • 4 - The Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries 26
  • 5 - The Seventeenth Century: Fingal, Forth, and Bargy 37
  • 6 - From 1700 to 1798 49
  • Part II - The Matter of Ireland 57
  • I - Introduction 59
  • 2 - The Beginnings: Campion to Walsh 61
  • 3 - Molyneux, Swift, and Maccurtin 75
  • 4 - Keating and Dermod O'Connor 81
  • 5 - After Keating 95
  • 6 - Some Early Translators of Gaelic Poetry 103
  • 7 - Charlotte Brooke 110
  • 8 - To the Nineteenth Century 122
  • Bibliography 133
  • Index 141
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