Literature 5 - Medieval Irish Poetry

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Literature 5 - Medieval Irish Poetry

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Irish Gaelic, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module introduces students to the rich tradition of medieval Irish poetry. In order to appreciate the compository achievements of the poets, it is indispensable to be familiar with the key formal elements of syllabic poetry. After exploring he role of poetry and poets in early medieval Irish literature and society,. the main focus of the module will be on the reading, the metrical analysis and the interpretation of exemplary pieces from the poetic tradition, e.g. the poem about the monk and his cat, specimens of nature poetry, and excerpts from the long religious poetry.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - Understand and apply in analysis the fundamental metrical features of Irish syllabic poetry.
    - Discuss the central role of poets and poetry for medieval Irish society and literature.
    - Interpret select examples of the Irish poetical tradition.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours

    - University scheduled written examination: 100%

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