I am only six months on the list and have posted once since joining. I
usually just read what pops into my inbox - much of which has been very
enlightening for me. I lay no claim to reading or writing Irish as my
interest stems from a preoccupation with the history of poetry, which led to
the Amergin attributed text in the Auraicept Na N-eces that describes what
the poetic gift is and how it works and which Erynn Rowan Laurie tags "The
Cauldron of Poesy".
From what I can gather this text is not nearly as well known as his
"Incantation to Ireland" and "Song of Amergin" texts and - unfortunately -
few poets are aware of the "Cauldron of Poesy" or are drawn to studying
information which relates to the bardic tradition in general, and the only
method of research open to me is to ask inarticulate questions here and hope
I do not break a cyber-protocol or tangentially go cluttering up the list by
I can be a bit of a windbag in print and would like to apologise in advance
if this or future deposits blow anyone up the wrong way, but a state of
questing for eloquence and dodging the harsher points of exterior reality by
escaping to fantasy is nearing permanency and I would be very grateful for
any assistance which helps me gust from the higher ridges of poetical
thought the poetry I am seeking to write, so please feel free to answer my
question at length - should you be minded to do so.
I am in the throes of composition and the last five years reseach into the
history of Irish poetry is starting to bear fruit in a basic picture of
events from the broad and detailed sweep of the Gaelic past living in
manuscript. The poem I am working on has halted at the word "Tuathal" -
which the person I am reading defines as
"Counter sun-wise, to the left, the way of the people, or literally "the
Is this correct and does the word relate to the word "tuatha" as in the TDD.
Does "tuatha" have a connotation of "the wrong people" - a fatalistic
quality of tradegy etc"
Thank you in advance.