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GAELIC POETRY THROUGH THE AGES
on 16 November 2011
`An Leabhar Mòr' is a real delight. It is a rich and enriching compendium - the first of its kind - of Gaelic poetry from Ireland and Scotland. The poetry spans great swathes of time from the 6th to the 21st centuries, and shows us that our ancestors weren't all that different from us - with similar preoccupations - love, death, lust, longing, and with a rollicking sense of humour which bounces readily across the p/ages.
The real joy is actually seeing and reading (aloud preferably,) the native language on the page - though there are English translations for each alongside - which is vital. Gaelic whether as Gaeilge or Gaidhlig is a beautiful, expressive language, but is going to be lost on the majority of non-native speakers without some sort of translation (though the particular interpretation of any piece of verse or prose is inevitably to some extent subjective, and open to further interpretation).
For each poem - there are accompanying `art works' and calligraphy by a range of living artists, who have interpreted each 'story' in their own individual way.
Anyone with the slightest interest in literature, and the Gaelic language in particular, will be sure to find something here to enjoy, to wonder at - and to ponder over.