Dane Pestano wrote:
> Hi Neil,
>>> The metre for the first three stanzas looks like rannaigecht mór. It was a
> common metre over a long period of time, from the Old Irish period right
> through to modern Irish. It's characteristics are etc..
> Mixing rannaigecht and deibide metres is not common in the later period.<<
> Thanks, that's very interesting. Dhonnchada was of the opinion that the
> story was originally folkloric and then was Christianised at some stage. I
> wondered if this part of the verse would be indicative of alteration, where
> the Christian elements have been added rather clumsily.
You probably said earlier, but which Dhonnchadha is this?
What is true of the narrative story may not be true of the poems embedded
in it. Such poems are often of very different date. (For example, in the
text 'Cath Crinna' that we read a while back, the narrative is early 12th
century, but most of the poems are 10th century.)
The poem we are focussing on here seems to me to be entirely Christian and
learned without any noticeable folkloric elements at all. The deceased
'hero' of the poem celebrates the fact that he led a virtuous Christian
life. And that's about it.