I’ve decided to take a look at and comment on the famous poem that is known as “Amergin’s song” which follows.
I am a wind on the sea
I am a wave of the ocean
I am the roar of the sea,
I am a powerful ox,
I am a hawk on a cliff,
I am a dewdrop in the sunshine,
I am a boar for valor,
I am a salmon in pools,
I am a lake in a plain,
I am the strength of art,
I am a spear with spoils that wages battle,
I am a man that shapes fire for a head.
Who clears the stone-place of the mountain?
What the place in which the setting of the sun lies?
Who has sought peace without fear seven times?
Who names the waterfalls?
Who brings his cattle from the house of Tethra?
What person, what god
Forms weapons in a fort?
In a fort that nourishes satirists,
Chants a petition, divides the Ogam letters,
Separates a fleet, has sung praises?
A wise satirist.
“…The druids of the Dé Danann raised a magical storm to keep them from reaching land. However, Amergin sang an invocation calling upon the spirit of Ireland that has come to be known as The Song of Amergin, and he was able to part the storm and bring the ship safely to land…”
Alexei Kondratiev takes the poem in his book The Apple Branch and relates it to the cycles of the moon. He divides the year into 13 lunar months, like the construction of the coligny calender (not meant to replace it) but it “creates a living, resonant dynamic for relating to the lunar cycle in a Celtic cultural content”
It provides a mythic translation of the lunar cycles by having Amergin’s song represent this important identification for the passage of time.
In my coming reviews I will use bits of Kondratiev’s book along with my own meditations on the lines and the poem as a whole and what it means to Celtic culture.
When I first heard this poem I had shivers up and down my entire body and then I cried. Even before I knew the lore behind it or the mythic understandings of it.
I want this to also serve as my part of my study of a relevant scholarly work on the Celts . (I’m sure it fulfills other Oblaire requirments too..or at least a gold star) mo Tuatha agus mo Anamchara. 😀