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Máirtín Ó Direáin: Selected Poems / Rogha Dánta

By Cló Iar-Chonnacht

Reference: 9781784441838  

Máirtín Ó Direáin: Selected Poems / Rogha Dánta is the first bi-lingual collection of selected poems by Máirtín Ó Direáin since the publication of Tacar Dánta / Selected Poems in 1984, which has been out of print for a number of years. This collection features some 200 poems, with English versions by Frank Sewell. 

 

Price: €20.00

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Lón léitheoireachta ó fhile nach raibh riamh faiseanta, léirmheas le Pól Ó Muirí, www.tuairisc.ie, Dé Máirt, Bealtaine 7, 2019.

Cuireann sé iontas orm in amanna gur thug Máirtín Ó Direáin a cheann filiúnta leis. Is fíor go mbaineann sé le Tríonóid Naofa na Filíochta; é féin, Ó Ríordáin agus Máire Mhac an tSaoi ba mhó a chuir borradh faoin fhilíocht chomhaimseartha. Is fada dánta dá chuid ar chúrsaí scoile agus ollscoile, thuaidh agus theas, agus is iomaí sin alt agus leabhar atá scríofa ar a chuid dánta.

Mar sin féin, mar sin féin, an mbeinn ag insint bréag dá ndéarfainn nach raibh sé riamh faiseanta mar fhile agus is bhfad uainn an fhilíocht - dá fheabhas í - nach mbíonn faiseanta? Bhí meas ar a shaothar, gean fiú, ach ar chuir sé lasóg sa bharrach ollscoile mar a chuir Ó Ríordáin agus a 'Raghaidh mé síos i measc na ndaoine / De shiúl mo chos / Agus raghaidh mé fíos anocht, nó ag Máire Mhac agus a 'Beagbheann ar amhras daoine, / Beagbheann ar chros na sagart, / Ar gach ní ach a bheith sínte / Idir tú agus falla -'.

Is maith mar a chuireann leabhar nua Mháirtín Ó Direáin: selected poems / rogha dánta' (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, €20) a chuid buanna i gcuimhne dúinn arís.

Léigh an léirmheas iomláin ar Tuairisc.ie ag an nasc seo: https://tuairisc.ie/lon-leitheoireachta-o-fhile-nach-raibh-riamh-faiseanta/

Leabhair idir lámha, Cathal Póirtéir brings us his pick of recent publications as Gaeilge, Books Ireland, May/June 2019

Frank Sewell's book is the second bilingual selection of Ó Direáin's poems that I'm aware of, the first being Tomás Mac Síomóin and Douglas Sealy's 'Máirtín Ó Direáin Selected Poems Tarcar Dánta' (Goldsmith Press, 1984), published while he was alive and reprinted but which is long out of print. In the present volume Sewell selects 200 poems with his own translations and introduction. The poems represent each Ó Direáin's eleven collections, beginning with 'Coinnle Geala' in 1942 and continuing to his final two collections, which came after the publication of the Mac Síomóin / Sealy book. So even if you have that, there's a different selection and, of course, different translations here.

It is an attractive hardback, and the translations do justice to the moods, registers and language of the originals while retaining their freshness. As with any translation, readers may quibble with the latitude Sewell allows himself to create his English version, but I doubt if many will feel that these translations move too far from the originals. Hopefully, this book will introduce Ó Direáin's unique world view, sensitivities and importance to an international readership and ensure he is given his rightful place within the pantheon of twentieth-century Irish literature.