The Gododdin: The Oldest Scottish Poem

Aneirin, the sixth century Welsh poet, is reputed to have been one of a handful of survivors from the battle of Catraeth, which inspired his epic poem, The Gododdin Aneirin s poem is a universal celebration of the undying theme of the ideal hero O Grady s belief that what Aneirin wrote of his war is true of all wars informs the purpose of his version, which is to give aAneirin, the sixth century Welsh poet, is reputed to have been one of a handful of survivors from the battle of Catraeth, which inspired his epic poem, The Gododdin Aneirin s poem is a universal celebration of the undying theme of the ideal hero O Grady s belief that what Aneirin wrote of his war is true of all wars informs the purpose of his version, which is to give a reading of the poem as one way in which it might have been written today With magnificent brush drawings by Louis Le Brocquy.
The Gododdin The Oldest Scottish Poem Aneirin the sixth century Welsh poet is reputed to have been one of a handful of survivors from the battle of Catraeth which inspired his epic poem The Gododdin Aneirin s poem is a universal celeb

  • Title: The Gododdin: The Oldest Scottish Poem
  • Author: Aneirin Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780852240496
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. 300 ptII?Although some titles include wordings such as 'Scottish poem', this work is rooted in the Welsh because the lowlands of what is now Scotland were Welsh at the time. Not that I can see the intelligentsia of either country calling for pistols at dawn or rolling up their shirts for a bout of fisticuffs in this day and age.*cups ear to listen*What? they do still want a barney! lol. Anyway, this programme is not the actual poem, rather it is the history surrounding the work.The blurb - Poet [...]

    2. Y Gododdin constitutes the oldest extant collection of Welsh verse of note. Attributed to Aneirin, it is a collection of elegiac verses memorializing three hundred Celtic heroes who fell in battle against a much larger invading army of Anglo-Saxons sometime around the sixth century CE. Ironically, the striking and crystalline verse reminds me of nothing so much as the Anglo-Saxon poetry of around that time, such as the anonymous masterpiece "The Seafarer." The images of heroes dying gloriously i [...]

    3. Written in Welsh in what became Scotland, it's about a last stand action of a band of (probably) Romano-Brit cavalry against a huge Anglosaxon warband in what is now Yorkshire. The poem is a eulogy for the fallen. It was written as the nations that became Scotland, Wales, and England were still forming and in a state of flux, before the ideas of them even had taken shape. Like a British Illiad. Catraeth saw only one that went South return home, probably the bard Aneirin that composed it."Many a [...]

    4. This is a difficult book to review. There is much more commentary than there is poem. I kept waiting for the commentary to end so I could just read the poem, but it didn't. I finally realized that I was reading the poem, that's what the bits in quotes were, and understood just how fragmentary is what has come down to us. In addition, some of the poem is beyond the reach of current translators, so they can only make well-educated suppositions about what some words are and what they mean. People s [...]

    5. " There was food for the ravens, the raven there did triumph."I'm sad to admit this is my first gamble into Celtic older reading. I tried to imagine this as a bard song, something sung at a community hall area where everyone is drunk on mead (beer) and telling stories.And this is quite a story. So many deaths, so many widows. There is so much blood on the ground, you can almost see it all. The poem is well done but I"m sure there are about a 1000 other details I missed since I'm not used to read [...]

    6. Excellent exposition of The Gododdin, one of the oldest poems extant in Welsh, which serves as an elegy not only for the named heroes who perished in an expedition against English Northumbria, but also for the entire kingdom and people who disappeared from history shortly afterward. Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson begins the volume with a very clear exposition of the poem's historical background and of the tricky state of the text as we have it (two versions mingled together.) He finishes with the tra [...]

    7. This was not quite what I was expecting as there is no story or narrative, just a series of elegies for soldiers who were killed at the battle of Catraeth, each verse describing the qualities of each one, (although in fairly formulaic terms according to the editor rather than realistic descriptions), so it does get rather repetitive, with only occasional glimpses into what actually occurred. however I have only read the English translation (which is printed side by side with the Welsh) so obviou [...]

    8. As an academic book it is still the gold standard of British poetry. Jackson did his best to reconstruct the poem's two extant versions, its history and context using his not inconsiderable skills as a linguist, manuscript expert, and historian. Yup, it is dry reading. Painfully so if one is not already familiar with the materials (the notes are his in-depth analyses and explanations for his language. On the other hand, it is an excellent piece of scholarly work still useful forty years after pu [...]

    9. The old tale of Edinburgh boys heading South for a rammy with some troublesome AngloSaxons.Good background to the poems.Sets them out with the B text first then the A as Jackson argues that the B is probably the older and more oral.This and The Gododdin (which has parallel text in Old Welsh) cover all you need as a general reader on the subject, and probably more.

    10. This is greatly improved by purposely misunderstanding "van of battle" (i.e. vanguard), because then you get to imagine CAMPERVAN JOUSTING and it's much funnier.

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