Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literary Criticism?

Patrick Sims‐Williams

in Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588657
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595431 | DOI:
Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literary Criticism?

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This chapter discusses a possible instance of medieval Irish literary criticism influencing Welsh literacy criticism, in connection with comments on shifts between second and third person address in panegyric. Reference is made to the Irish Grammatical Tracts and Bardic Syntactical Tracts, the Trefhocul tract, Preface to Amra Coluim Cille, Taliesin, the Gogynfeirdd, the Cywyddwyr, Einion Offeiriad and the Welsh Bardic Grammar. Comparison is made with Priscian and Petrus Hispanus, and evocatio in Latin rhetoric. A possible Latin formula praesens et absens is hypothesized.

Keywords: literary criticism; panegyric; Irish Grammatical Tracts; Bardic Syntactical Tracts; Trefhocul; Amra Coluim Cille; Taliesin; Gogynfeirdd; Cywyddwyr; Einion Offeiriad; Welsh Bardic Grammar; Priscian; Petrus Hispanus; evocatio; praesens et absens

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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