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With respect to the study of Irish after , classical Irish occupies a position not unlike that of classical Latin. The following passage is illustrative of the attitudes of present-day scholars to the language used in Bardic poetry: From its creation in or around the thirteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth century classical Modern Irish was the subject of intense study by the Irish literati, in particular by the professional poets, whose genre it served. Never before (or since for that matter) had a more strictly regulated and beautifully balanced medium been devised for a specific task, and the Bardic grammarians guarded it jealously.

An Tiarna. the Lord Instead of a single verb, followed by a direct object, in MI we have a construction involving the verb to be + noun (eagla) + two prepositions. So the object of the preposition ar ‘on’ in MI corresponds to the subject I in the English sentence I fear the Lord, while the object of the preposition roimh ‘before’ in MI corresponds to the English object the Lord. On the other hand, the structure of the Old Irish sentence () is more or less identical to the English equivalent: there is just a subject, verb, and object, without any prepositions.

First, it comes from a poem written for Gerald, the Earl of Desmond, an important Anglo-Norman lord from Munster (in the south of Ireland). It would suggest that Gerald and people of his class felt comfortable speaking Irish; not only that, but they actively embraced native cultural forms of expression such as poetry and music. 1 The former refers to what we would nowadays call the Gaelic inhabitants of Ireland, the latter to the descendants of the invaders, the AngloNormans. Both groups speak Irish, but there is the implication in the poem that there is an ethnic difference between them, a difference that at times found expression in actual armed conflict.

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