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Séamus Dall Mac Cuarta

(c. 1650—1733) Irish-language poet


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(c.1650–1733), poet. Born, probably, in Omeath, Co. Louth, he seems to have lived all his life in that area. His loss of sight in youth gave rise to a tradition that he was endowed with the gift of poetry by the sídh. He used the syllabic metres of bardic poetry, but also the more recent amhrán measure [see Irish metrics], and perfected the ‘trí rainn agus amhrán’ form in a series of occasional poems [see Irish metrics]. One of these, ‘Tithe Chorr an Chait’, is a brilliant mixture of contempt and rage at lack of generosity.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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