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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or reminiscent of Ossian, a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century ad


(ˌɒs iˈæn ɪk, ˌɒʃ i-)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Ossian, the poetry attributed to him, or the rhythmic prose published by James Macpherson in 1762–63, purporting to be a translation from Scottish Gaelic.
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As Sarah Clemmens Waltz explains in her edition, German Settings of Ossianic Texts, 1770-1815, "an apologetic tone has dominated the reception of Ossian for the last hundred and fifty years or so" as a result of Macpherson's deceptive misstep (p.
The power of Ossianic imagery fired strongly visual responses, even though the poems were uttered by a figure whose own sight was long gone.
for Ossianic phantasies), while the first-person narrator of the novel's opening recedes into being mainly the framing observer and sympathetic testamentary editor.
Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age
12) Sharp claims that 'there is a touch of melancholy, a "cry of the weary", pervading the spirit of the Celt', epitomised by Ossianic tragic failure.
It was an honour to take part in an event that took the two oldest societies in the university - the Dialectic Society and the Ossianic Society - together for the first time.
He is accused of fabricating the majority of his Ossianic poetry and had undeservedly plummeted into the abyss of scholars' collective memories until very recently.
Genesis" deals with the vampires of Byron, Polidori, Nodier, and Planche, and the possible Neo-Platonic and Ossianic influences on Stoker's work; "Revelation" focuses on Christian influences, as well as those of alchemy and of author Alexandre Dumas.
Deidre Dawson recounts how, accused of being 'Ossianic' in the chapter 'The King of the Golden Hall' (where Ossianic meant 'magniloquent, bombastic'), Tolkien responded with a careful explanation of the importance of style.
Goethe's Ossianic poetry (inspired by Scottish poet Macpherson's collection of tales and poetry about Oisin, son of Fionn mac Cumhaill, a heroic character from Irish mythology) has influenced German thinkers such as Herder, painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, as well as a whole generation of German poets (the Sturm und Drang movement) and composers (e.
The Ossianic texts were widely read and translated into other European languages, influencing such figures as Goethe, Herder, Diderot, Chateaubriand and James Fennimore Cooper, as well as those nearer home, such as Blake and Sir Walter Scott.