A roughly contemporary Scottish observer of Gaelic customs, Martin Martin, gives a similar description of the process of poetic composition utilized by the professional poets of Scotland: “They shut their Doors and Windows for a Days time, and lie on theirbacks with a Stone upon their Belly, and Plads about their Heads, and their Eyes being cover’d they pump their Brains for Rhetorical Encomium or Panegyrick; and indeed they furnish such a Stile from this Dark Cell as is understood by very few”
Nagy, “Orality in Medieval Irish Narrative”, p293.
or y’know, a cat.
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