Posted by Mrsk on May 18, 2007 at 20:34:01:
William Larminie (1 August 1849 - 19 January 1900) was an Irish poet and folklorist.
He was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, of Huguenot descent and was educated at Kingstown School and Trinity College Dublin, from which he graduated in 1871 with a moderatorship in classics. He moved to London while he was employed in the British India Office from 1873 until 1887, at which point he retired and returned to Ireland to devote himself to writing, settling in Bray, County Wicklow.
He published two volumes of poetry - Glanlua and Other Poems (1889), and Fand and Other Poems (1890) - as well as a collection of stories which he had collected from local people Donegal, Mayo and Galway: West Irish Folk-Tales and Romances (1893).
Like his contemporaries John Todhunter and William Butler Yeats, he turned to Irish mythology for inspiration. His most famous poem is The Nameless Doon ('Who were the builders? Question not the silence that settles on the lake for evermore'), about a stone ringfort, over 4000 years old and long abandoned, in Drumboghill, County Donegal. He attempted in his poetry to adopt some of the traditional Irish verse forms such as the use of assonance.
In his later years he devote himself to a translation into English of the Irish philosopher John Scottus Eriugena's De divisione naturae. His translation, which was never published, was deposited in the National Library of Ireland.
He died at his home in Bray and is buried in Enniskerry.
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