Marx Engels on Ireland

Ancient Irish Literature


From: Frederick Engels, Manuscripts on the History of England and Ireland;
Source: Marx Engels On Literature and Art, Moscow 1976;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden.

The manuscripts of still extant Irish poems believed to date from the early Milesian times, are accompanied by interlinear glosses without which they would be incomprehensible; but the glosses themselves are in an extremely archaic language and very difficult to understand.