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The Midnight Verdict

Heaney, Seamus

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ISBN 10: 1852351306 / ISBN 13: 9781852351304
Published by The Gallery Press
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1993. First Edition. Hardcover. 42pp. Bound in black cloth, gilt titled spine. Original dustjacket. Keywords: Poetry; Seamus Heaney; First edition. First edition copy. . . Signed Copy. Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KHS0040043

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Title: The Midnight Verdict

Publisher: The Gallery Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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This work collects three of the Irish Nobel laureate's previously published translations. Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses, "Orpheus and Eurydice" and "The Death of Orpheus," appeared in After Ovid, and "The Midnight Verdict" was published in Ireland in 1993 by the Gallery Press. The two famous stories about the descent of Orpheus into the underworld and his death at the hands of "crazed" Maenads frame Heaney's translation of an abridged version of the Celtic work "C irt an Mhe n O che" (Gaelic for "The Midnight Verdict"), which appears in the United States for the first time. Written in 1781 by Brian Merriman, a mathematics teacher from County Clare, this poem recounts a poet's visit to a court presided over by Aoibheall, a beautiful fairy queen. A woman complains that she is without a mate because men of Ireland refuse to marry, and it is left to the "peerless" Aoibheall to pronounce a verdict. As Heaney says, the ending of the excerpt (the entire poem is much longer) takes on "a new resonance when read within the acoustic of the classical myth." Like his poetry, Heaney's well-crafted translations combine the earthy feel of everyday life and inspired eloquence. Recommended for all poetry collections. Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA
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