the tempest

According to legend The Tempest was written in a Dublin tavern under the influence by a poet named Rumann. This is hardly likely however as Rumann died in 748 AD and the poem is in middle Irish and dates most likely to the 11th C.

So who did write this wonderfully rocking invocation of wind and seas? Its anonymous author was no mean poet, and although it suggests the lurching movement of a drunken sailor its construction is highly structured and skilfully woven.

Its construction is a variation of the 7 syllable line, the most common Gaelic syllabic metre. Its rocking metre suggested some interesting grooves in a 7/8 time which we fully exploited.