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Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
18-Feb-20 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: the literary controversy over Ossian
Subject: RE: the literary controversy over Ossian
Buachaill, the reason is pretty obvious: JMP claimed to be translating existing epic poetry. As far as we know, this was a false claim, even if we were to allow for "free translation". (If we got that wrong, please inform us.)

Moreover: his poetry had its great impact based on that assumption. If JMP had published the poems as his own, he would have got almost no attention at all. The authors you are naming were first-class poets in their own right. Wagner was actually criticized for failing to mention some of his sources - just the opposite case.