Ossianism


Related to Ossianism: The Works of Ossian

Ossianism

writing in the style of Ossian and particularly writing in the epic or legendary vein which is of a recent period but which claims to belong to antiquity. [After Ossian or Oisin, an apocryphal Gaelic poet of the third century, whose supposed style was imitated in works created by James Macpherson (1736-1796).] — Ossianic, adj.
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Writers such as Sydney Owenson or Charles Robert Maturin decided to follow the interest in Ossianism and the sublime, as well as to use wild landscapes, and popular superstitions together with "native insurgency" to produce the Irish version of Gothic fiction (Kilfeather 2005: 80).
BORUS, Gyorgy, 'A kelta identitas gyokerei: si kulturak, Lhuyd, ossianizmus es politika" / The Roots of Modern Celtic Identity: Ancient Cultures, Lhuyd, Ossianism and Politics', in EPONA--E-Journal of Ancient and Modern Celtic Studies.
Byron's early Ossianism, if a touch naive, cannot be read without an awareness of Scott's involvement in the Macpherson controversy.
10) Certainly Ossianism helped to mould Zhukovsky's poetic taste.
When Bowring encountered Zhukovsky's Pevets his own Ossianic tendencies were stimulated and focused by the restrained and muted Ossianism of the Russian poem.