Dé Máirt 15 Samhain 2011

Recent reflection

I feel that politics and linguistics have really bullied my spirit for inspiration of late. I feel so strongly about political justice, and yet it doesn’t seem to prompt a creative response in me. I look at Somhairle MacGill-Eain, who wrote fantastic poems of great political conviction and passion, and I feel that my inability to write on the subject is a failing on my part. I would like to take up a ‘bardic’ position, so to speak, in order to give voice to the politically voiceless in this fraud of a democracy. I want to write blistering satires on the perpetrators of political, social and economic injustice. As far as language is concerned, I’m aware that my standard in the minority language that I choose to write creatively in does not satisfy everyone. I feel barbed wire squeezing around my tongue when I attempt an emotional or creative utterance in such a beaten language. I look to the likes of Somhairle for hope, when all I feel is my own failing and lack of inherited tradition in comparison. However, to remain silent is to die. Not only would I have my own death on my hands, but the deaths of ideas, feelings, and the deaths of the languages I choose to write in.

3 comments:

  1. Tha mise a' faireachdainn an aon rud a bhanacharaid. Stiall ort! Bhiodh e math pinnt a ghabhail còmhla riut airson a' chuspair seo a "phlé" (chan eil facal Gàidhlig airson sin cho fad' 's a tha fios agam).

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  2. Och, cha toil leam sin a chluinntinn! Bu ghasta leam pinnt a ghabhail còmhla riut an ath-thuras agus mi an Alba... Tha mi an dòchas gum bi mi aig an oilthigh an Dùn Èideann an athbhliadhna. Bha mi ag iarraidh an fhacail sin cuideachd, cha robh dad ann ach "bruidhinn mu..." Cha toil leam sin. Tha mi ag iarraidh Gàidhlig Earra-Ghàidheal a ionnsachadh, tha mi a' smaointinn gum bi facal aca coltach ris a' Ghaeilge! ;)Thuirt thu 'gu minig' a-raoir; cha robh fhios a'm gun robh sin ann cuideachd, bha 'gu tric' agamsa. Inntinneach. Dè seòrsa Gàidhlig a th' agad ma-thà?

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  3. "I feel that politics and linguistics have really bullied my spirit for inspiration of late"

    Sin goblach cinnte. Agus Somhairle mar eiseampléir agat. Sílim fhéin go raibh an dá phaisean cinnte aige ach nach paisean mná a stiúraidh a chuid filíochta, cé go bhfuil guth filíochta ar an pholiltíocht aige.

    Mairtín Ó Cadhain, níor mheasc sé an tinfeadh litríochta lena chuid poilitíochta cé go raibh siad ina lasracha chroí araon aige.

    Agus teangeolaíocht? nach bhfuil Meg Bateman i mbun pinn go fóill?

    Misneach, a chroí, ní hionann lag agus deireadh scríbe.

    Am bidh thu a' sgrìobhadh ann a h-uile canàn marbh?


    Fearn

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