She waited until the most opportune moment to pull Tam Lin off his horse. Janet loves despite the cost, breaking societal norms. What a choice! Janet takes on the indomitable Fairy Queen to win her true love back. Maybe she has more faith in God than I do. He confirms that he is a baptized Christian. Were you baptized? Are you Christian? Janet intercepts the faerie procession at Miles Cross, at a crossroads.
In the Celtic culture, crossroads represent potentiality and liminality. In that regard, Ms. Libresco shows a keen insight in equating the tale of Tam Lin with Confession. Repentance, from the Greek metanoia , means a change of life, a change of mind and actions.
A crossroads represents the opportunity for metanoia. It also is a geographic representation of the sign of the cross. The Faerie Queen shape-changes Tam Lin into a fiery coal. The enchantment breaks when Janet throws Tam Lin, trapped in the enchanted form of a burning coal, into a well.
We may presume it is a holy well; Scotland is full of them.
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It need not be. In fairy tales, metaphors have a life of their own. The water of symbolic baptism frees Tam Lin. Janet rescues Tam Lin by demonstrating the self-emptying love of Christ that never lets go. With this divine-empowered love she not only endures but clutches to herself the forms of serpents, dogs, and lions. In our baptism we are made children of God. God loves us with a love that will not let us go, no matter what form our actions may take.
Nor asps or adders or bears or coals.
A baptism font in a church in Amsoldingern, Switzerland. In baptism, we are made children of God. So many of our great epics are quests and journeys. The lure of unseen marvels draws us, or danger compels us. Never forget: Odysseus longed for his home. Today is the Feast of St. Brendan the Navigator, a good day to remember his journeys, and all our journeys. Mural of St. Brendan in Tralee, Ireland. It was on Slieve Daidche beside the sea he was one time, and he saw in a vision a beautiful island with angels serving upon it.
In , Irish explorer Tim Severin built an ox-leather curragh, an early Irish boat, and sailed from Ireland to Canada to demonstrate that St. The lack of archaeological evidence does not disprove St. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. A sea voyage is fraught with danger worse than any cross-country travel. Every moment on a fragile Irish canoe is one wind gust away from drowning. The sea is so wide and I am so small. Brendan] led them to the great fish and it was upon his back they said their Matins and their Mass.
And when the Mass was ended the fish began to move and he swam out very far into the sea and there was great terror on the brothers when he did that and they being on his back, for it was a great wonder to see a beast that was the size of a whole country going so fast through the seas. Woodcut, 15th Century?
A scene from Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis where the saint celebrates a mass on the body of a sea monster. Public domain.inlofeadurchcumb.tk
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I downright despise change. Like those monks, the upheavals in my life fill me with terror. I find security—false security—in stability of place. Brendan reminds me that God is with us everywhere, even in the unmapped, unknown ocean; even on a shifting island that is revealed to be the back of a sea monster.
Even in our wild untrammeled lives. Unlike St. Brendan, I generally forget to give thanks for my sea monsters and obstacles. And as to Brendan he was from that time as if he did not belong to this world at all, but his mind and his joy were in the delight of heaven. And it is in Ireland he died and was buried; and that God may bring us to the same joy his blessed soul returned to! Life is our journey; may God be our goal. If we remember God in all things, and in all places, we will never be homeless. May we face our upheavals with thanksgiving. May we be heroes and heroines helping the people we meet along our voyages.
Lady Gregory Augusta. Scanned by Phillip Brown, April This text is in the public domain. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose provided this notice of attribution is left intact. Korz, Fr. Dormition [August] Severin, Tim. Random House, When Finn Mac Cumhal was a young man, he studied with the bard Finegas, ate the Salmon of Wisdom, and learned the ancient art of poetry. Before he left Finegas, he composed this poem to prove his skill:. May Day! Bright colours play the vales along.
Swift horses gather nigh Where half dry the river goes; Tufted heather crowns the height; Weak and white the bogdown blows. Corncrake sings from eve till morn, Deep in corn, a strenuous bard! Sings the virgin waterfall, White and tall, her one sweet word. Loaded bees of little power Goodly flower-harvest win; Cattle roam with muddy flanks; Busy ants go out and in.
His three poems are a further culmination. But in making the Davisite tradition, he simultaneously breaks it He sabotages it from within. He encodes the doubts, the reservations, the revisionist questions about the Rising. Here is a recent successor to Yeats's 'Easter, '. Written by Ian Duhig, the poem is just headed by a question-mark:. The poem was privately printed by Clement Shorter and circulated among friends. In Yeats indirectly interpreted this caution in a letter to Shorter, whose wife had also written rebellion-poems including one called 'Sixteen Dead Men'.
Yeats explains that he has postponed a lecture he was to have given on war poetry, a lecture in which he would have quoted Dora Sigerson Shorter's poems:. Times are too dangerous for me to encourage men to risks I am not prepared to share or approve. Dora Sigerson Shorter's ballads were in fact more likely to inflame passions than Yeats's. They are uncomplicated laments in the habitual Young Ireland modes. Cathleen ni Houlihan makes queenly appearances, the Gaelic male is venerated, John Bull attacked and a heroic fulfilment celebrated.
There is even a naive appeal entitled A Catholic to his Ulster Brother. To begin with lament. There is of course no doubt about Yeats's grief or about his horror at the executions. By executing fifteen leaders, and later Roger Casement, the military authorities brutally and stupidly overreacted to an uprising which was always "heroical-pathetic" in Ian Duhig's phrase, and in a sense designed to fail or to succeed though the martyrdoms it might occasion.
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During the next year, public opinion, at first against the Rising, began to slip slowly away from the moorings of constitutional Home Rule. I'll quote from Yeats's letters:. The Dublin tragedy has been a great sorrow and anxiety I have little doubt there have been many miscarriages of justice We have lost the noblest and most fine natured of our young men.
Its sociological dimension is brilliantly captured in his phrase "counter or desk". This anticipates Tom Garvin's conclusion in a recent study that the revolution's ideology was largely generated by marginalised men — in commerce, education, bureaucracies — whose status did not, and could not, match their talents. These men and the ethos was overwhelmingly male belonged to a cultural consciousness, a hegemonic tendency, which forged links between the continuing Young Ireland tradition, the Gaelic League and Catholicism. There is critical distance too in the poem's early stages, criticism that prepares for the refrain's famous ambiguity.
Firstly, Yeats has struck the low key of personal elegy, rather than the high-key of public lament. He allows her charity or socialism, but in a paradox that prefigures "terrible beauty" he combines good-will with ignorant. Ignorant is to be Markievicz's adjective as arrogant is Gonne's. And before the Rising Yeats had written: "Pearse is a dangerous man, he has the vertigo of self-sacrifice".