Entries from January 2010

“Consolations” -herewith the text of my translation of the 15th C. Irish poem that I gave my Introduction to yesterday. Enjoy!

Published on January 23rd, 2010 by Malachi

But first, the first line in Gaelic, so you can see what it looks like and feels like: “Deithfridh am dhail, a leobhrain, ” [My Translation:] Hurry to me, O little book, writing-speckled pages, wonderful tales. As all others forsake me, please don’t you leave me now. Come, you of the clean smooth pages, firmly […]

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Seamus Heaney on President Barack Obama: “A bardic presence in The White House…” (BBC interview, 1.16.10)

Published on January 22nd, 2010 by Malachi

The BBC World Service’s Laurence Pollard recently interviewed Ireland’s (and quite possibly the world’s) best known poet, Seamus Heaney. The interview ran on 1.16.2010 and can be listened to online if you go to the BBC World Service website. It’s a fascinating interview in so many respects, and I have listened to it, already, several […]

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“Consolations” is a 15th C. Irish poem that I translated a few years ago: I was binding a few copies today, and decided to re-read it….I’m glad I did!

Published on January 21st, 2010 by Malachi

In this fascinating poem, written in Ireland –in Irish– about 1500 A.D., we get a unique glimpse into the interior life of a civilized man. We sense that he lives in or near a city or a town. He is anonymous: we know nothing about him. But in a far more profound sense –thanks to his poem– we know a great deal.

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