A Map of Love

Twelve Welsh poems of romance, desire and devotion

Author(s) M. Wynn Thomas

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, General, Welsh Interest

  • February 2023 · 96 pages ·178x111mm

  • · Hardback - 9781915279439
  • · eBook - epub - 9781915279446
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781915279453

About The Book

A fascinating and exhilarating look at the many ways we love, and are loved.


Following on from his bestselling The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, M. Wynn Thomas turns his attention in A Map of Love to 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 fourteenth century to the present, this absorbing collection deliberately veers far from 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lesser-known writers as well as household names such as Gillian Clarke and R. S. Thomas, and it includes a previously unpublished poem by Emyr Humphreys.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.

About the Author(s)

Author(s): M. Wynn Thomas

M. Wynn Thomas is Professor of English, and Emyr Humphreys Professor of Welsh Writing in English, at Swansea University.

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