‘A Bhean lán de Stuaim’: Background and Classification

Tadhg Ó Dúshláine


This article provides a synopsis of previous commentary on ‘A Bhean lán de Stuaim’, the famous poem which is ascribed to Geoffrey Keating (c.1580–c.1644). Those who have argued that it is part of an overall tradition of inverting amour courtois convention as well as that of preaching have a point. But that is not to say that the poem may be packaged in any one way. It is in the portrait of the woman, for example, that its radical originality and mysterious draw are to be felt.

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