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A Map of Love

Twelve Welsh Poems of Romance, Desire and Devotion

A collection of Welsh love poems across history.

An exhilarating look at the many ways we love and are loved. Following his bestselling The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, M Wynn Thomas turns his attention to love poems from Wales and reflects on what they have to say on the age-old subject of love in its many and varied forms.

Featuring twelve pieces dating from the 14th century to the present, A Map of Love deliberately rejects clichéd verses with its poems of regret and of mourning, straight love and gay love, bawdy verses of passion and desire, and gentle meditations on motherhood and marriage. It features anonymous and lesser-known writers as well as household names such as Gillian Clarke and R. S. Thomas, and it includes a previously unpublished poem by Emyr Humphreys. With original illustrations by Ruth Jên Evans throughout, this short but powerful collection will appeal to anyone interested in people and their complex relationships.

96 pages | 13 halftones | 7 x 4 1/4

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature


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Table of Contents

Prefatory Note
Sun Burn
Dafydd ap Gwilym
Morfudd fel yr Haul
page 1
A Closed Door
Llywelyn Goch ap Meurig Hen
Marwnad Lleucu Llwyd
page 9
A Vagina Monologue
Gwerful Mechain
Cywydd y Cedor
page 21
Uncommon Sense
page 31
Macho Men
T. Harri Jones
Love’s Mythology
page 39
Erotic Shipwreck
Brenda Chamberlain
page 45
A Hippopotamus
Bobi Jones
Menyw Feichiog (mewn gwely)
page 49
A Mother’s Love
Gillian Clarke
The Sundial
page 59
Love and UFOs
Mihangel Morgan
Anfon Hedbeth Annadnabyddedig yn Llatai
page 65
In the Bonds of Love
Glyn Jones
The Common Path
page 77
An Ogre’s Love
R. S. Thomas
In Memoriam: M.E.E.
page 85
Emyr Humphreys
page 93
page 99

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