The Poems of Carolan: Reassessments
Subsidiary Series 18
Liam P. Ó Murchú
Irish Texts Society 2007
The Society’s edition of the Poems of Carolan Vol. 17 is now supplemented by a reassessment of the author and his work that brings together articles by some of the most eminent experts on the Irish harping tradition and on Irish culture in the eighteenth century.
The composer’s music is reassessed here by Nicholas Carolan and Emily Cullen; the cultural background to his compositions is examined by Joep Leerssen; his verse is studied by Lesa Ní Mhunghaile, and the editor of his poems or songs, Tomás Ó Máille, is re-evalued by Ruairí Ó hUiginn.
While deepening our appreciation of the influences on Carolan, these reassessments will no doubt also encourage others to take an interest in the man and his work