mike brown wrote:
> [Neil wrote:]
> > Shakespeare, Hogarth, Wren, Purcell, Marlowe, Fielding, George Eliot,
> >Constable, Turner, Pater, Dickens, Herbert, Donne, Tennyson, Elgar, Byron,
> >Keats, Shelley, D.H. Lawrence, Thackeray, Austen, Bronte, Johnson, Pope --
> >any of these names ring a bell? Stop bothering the sheep and start reading!
> I think the names Neil has listed answers my point. For example, can anyone
> on this list supply a comparable amount of as equally famous Celtic writers
> and artists? Of course not. Why is this? Is it because the English are
Go mbeannaí Dia anseo,
Joyce, Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Wilde, Shaw, Robbie Burns, Dylan Thomas,
Swift, Yeats, O'Faolain, Behan, Ollie Goldsmith, Le Fanu, George Moore,
Liam O'Flaherty, M. O Cadhain, Edna O'Brien, Julia O'Faolain, Higgins,
Friel, O'Connor, B. Merriman, Synge, T. Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Kinsella,
Heaney, S. Deane, Bolger, James Kelman...
Sorry. Just off the top of my head. At least three are Nobel winners.
Also, the so-called 'Celtic' nations were primarily oral cultures for
millenia; and as such needed to re-invent themselves through the medium
of the language of the Sasanach oppressors. So getting this type of list
is not so bad all things considered; besides Joyce, Beckett, O
Cadhain(in Irish), and Flann O'Brien are better than every name on that
English list save Shakespeare. Yeats also blows all those piddly
Romantics away. D.H. Lawrence? Man did that guy stink!
Slán go fóill,