Mittelirische Verslehren IV
verse beg. Sluindfet dúib dagaisti in dána

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Irish texts, Early Irish poetry, Irish texts on language and literature
Middle Irish poem ascribed to Cellach úa Rúanada in which every stanza is in a different metrical form.
Mittelirische Verslehren IV
The poem is Verslehre IV in Thurneysen's edition of four Middle Irish metrical tracts.
Initial words (verse)
  • Sluindfet dúib dagaisti in dána
Ascribed to: Cellach úa RúanadaCellach úa Rúanada
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11th-century poet
  • Middle Irish
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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.] Breatnach, Liam, “Sluindfet dúib dagaisti in dána: a Middle Irish poem on metres”, in: Breatnach, Caoimhín, and Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail (eds), Aon don éigse: essays marking Osborn Bergin’s centenary lecture on bardic poetry (1912), Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015. 51–90.
[ed.] [tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern [I], Abhandlungen der königlichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse 14.2, Berlin, 1912.  
comments: Continued by Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern II (1913).
73–77. Edited, with translation
[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.  
comments: An index of verse metries and initial lines of verse is provided at the end of this contribution.
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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.
Dennis Groenewegen
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