Mittelirische Verslehren III

    • Middle Irish
    • prose, verse
    • Irish texts, Irish texts on language and literature, Tract on metrics
    A Middle Irish metrical tract intended to enumerate and illustrate various metrical types, both common and uncommon.
    Mittelirische Verslehren III
    This is the third Verslehre edited by Thurneysen in his edition of four Mittelirische Verslehren .
    • Middle Irish
    c. 1016.n. 1 Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern (1912): 86–89.
    prose, verse (primary)


    Irish texts Irish texts on language and literature
     Tract on metrics
    Work in progress

    Contents will be given in separate entries. The classification into four grades of metrical forms, ranging from common to obscure, follows that discussed by Roisin McLaughlin, ‘Metres in Mittelirische Verslehren III’, Ériu 55 (2005).

    1. gnáthaisti (§§ 2-127) » entry

    common metres

    2. gnátha medónda (§§ 128-147) » entry

    known metres

    3. anaichinti (§§ 148-166) » entry

    unfamiliar metrical forms

    4. écoitchenna (§§ 167-210) » entry

    uncommon metrical forms



    Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern (1912): 86–89.

    Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

    [ed.] [tr.] McLaughlin, Roisín, “A critical edition of Mittelirische Verslehren III”, unpublished ph.D. thesis: Trinity College, Dublin, 2007.
    Tara.tcd.ie – PDF: <link>
    [ed.] [tr.] McLaughlin, Roisin, Early Irish satire, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2008.
    An edition and translation of the satires in the text, with manuscript readings and critical apparatus.
    [ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “Mittelirische Verslehren”, in: Windisch, Ernst, and Whitley Stokes (eds.), Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 3:1, Leipzig, 1891. 1–182.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Edition wanted.
    A new edition by Roisin McLaughlin is forthcoming.

    Secondary sources (select)

    Ó hAodha, Donncha, “The first Middle Irish metrical tract”, in: Tristram, Hildegard L. C. [ed.], Metrik und Medienwechsel / Metrics and media, ScriptOralia 35, Tübingen: Narr, 1991. 207–244.
    McLaughlin, Roisin, “Metres in Mittelirische Verslehren III”, Ériu 55 (2005): 119–136.
    McLaughlin, Roisin, Early Irish satire, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2008.

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