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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Irish Verse The Aisling (shāys-ling Gaelic for "dream") is a genre of verse of the late 17th and 18th centuries Ireland. It is a vision poem. In the Aisling, Ireland appears to the poet in the form of a woman referred to as Spéirbhean (spair- van sky-woman). She can be young and fair or old and haggard at the discretion of the poet and the tone of the verse. Although this genre grew out of an earlier non-political love verse form similar to the Reverdie, the Aisling was most often political in nature, the woman lamenting about the state of affa