McManus, Damian, “Celebrating the female in Classical Irish poetry: the wife”, Ériu 65 (2015): 137–168.
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This paper is one in a series investigating women in Classical Irish poetry. The subject on this occasion is the patron’s wife. The paper examines how a married woman is addressed and/or referred to in the poetry and surveys the qualities most frequently praised in the iargcomhairc or complimentary verses addressed to the patron’s wife. The interest shown by women in the poets’ work is assessed, as is the question of whether there is a separate discourse for the praise of women. The paper concludes with a brief survey of a small number of poems addressed to married couples.
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