35th out of 69 books — 37 voters
The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry AD 550-1350
The Triumph Tree brings together for the first time the poetry of five languages—Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Anglo Saxon and Norse—in an accessible, scholarly anthology of translations that form a spectacular window on Scotland's past. Ranging from war to religion, nature to love, the quality and power of these poems display the riches of a vanished world. Alongside famous works...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Birlinn Ltd
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This is a good scholarly translation of a significant amount of the extant Scottish literature throughout the early-mid medieval period. "Scottish" is defined very broadly. Y Gododdin and Canu Taliesin counts, as do lots of Old Irish verses set in Scotland. The strength of the collection lies in two things. First the translations are really good, poetic in places but always accurate to a fault. Secondly the scope of the poetry is so wide there will be loads of stuff you've never heard of. Actual...more