Léirmheas ar An Fuíoll Feá: Rogha Dánta 12 Lúnasa 2013 – Posted in: Gan chatagóir

Tá léirmheas scríofa ag an bhfile agus an critic, Micheál Ó hAodha ar An Fuíoll Feá: Rogha Dánta / Wood Cuttings: Selected Poems le Liam Ó Muirthile ar The Galway Review.  [Ar fáíl i mBéarla amháin.] Sa léirmheas, léiríonn Ó hAodha tuiscint an-doimhin ar an gcomhthéacs ina ndeachaigh Ó Muirthile – agus na filí eile de chuid INNTI i mbun pinn:

‘…in essence, they wanted to make poetry and the Irish language relevant at a period of great social and cultural change and make people reflect anew on what it means to be human and to be questioning – what it means to be alive! Few would say that they did not succeed well in this task. As evident from Ó Muirthile’s An Fuíoll Feá (New and Selected Poems), 555 pages long, this was no easy task. Not only did they have to invent a “new” language or form of expression – one which reflected a new, urban environment that incorporated a diverse range of energies and milieus – but they had to do this in a minority language (which few people could read and even fewer could write), a tongue unloosed from its rural hinges, disorientated, and indeed traumatized by the shame associated with the battering it took under colonialism. In essence this generation of Irish poets and Ó Muirthile was in their vanguard, had to vault barriers so insurmountable (both practical and philosophic) before they got to creating their poetry at all, that the immensity of their efforts has yet to be fully realized.’

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