Trí Rainn agus Amhrán

edited by

Colm Ó Baoill and Cathair Ó Dochartaigh

Compact Disc
The term Trí Rainn agus Amhrán refers to poems containing three syllabic stanzas – based on Gaelic metres in use before 1600 – and one stanza in the modern metrical form, that of the song (amhrán). There are 103 poems here altogether, dating from c.1670–1860.

This sort of poetry is associated traditionally with south Ulster and north Leinster, although the majority of those composed before 1700 originated in Munster. Nevertheless, the genre can be seen developing in Dublin and part of Connacht, as well as in south Ulster and North Leinster. There is only one example in Scottish Gaelic, although the poet who composed it was living in Munster at the time, not in Scotland.

This type of poetry is the product of the learned poet, although, as with the sonnet, the collection contains several love poems. However, the majority are praise poems, in praise of a hero, or a priest or poet or place – doubtless through the influence of old Gaelic poetry. Religion, as one would expect, plays an important role, as do satires against those the poets disliked. There is a broad range of others topics, including personal poetry, advice about women and drinking.

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Our thanks to Colmcille and the Gaelic Books Council for grants they have given towards this project.