Saturday, 31 March 2018
Ramnu And Eriu
If a Seeker makes a satirical poem against Yewwl, then the council will no longer heed her. This custom resembles one in Eriu, ancient Ireland. Poul and Karen Anderson inform us that:
in Eriu, the highest ranking poets were in some ways more powerful than kings;
like druids, poets were highly trained;
skilled in both language and memory, they could make or break reputations;
poetic satires were believed to be physically destructive - and one poet's victim does suffer facial disfigurement later in the Ys sequence;
violence to a poet, druid or scholar was a serious crime;
lesser versifiers were entertainers.
Poul And Karen Anderson, The King Of Ys: Roma Mater (London, 1987), Afterword and Notes, 2, p. 456.