By Kenneth Jackson
Together with works from Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Breton and Manx, this Celtic Miscellany deals a wealthy mixture of poetry and prose from the 8th to the 19th century, and gives a different perception into the minds and literature of the Celtic humans. it's a literature ruled via a deep feel of ask yourself, wild inventiveness and a profound feel of the uncanny, within which the flora and fauna and the facility of the person spirit are celebrated with miraculous imaginitive strength. Skifully prepared by means of subject matter, from the hero-tales of Cu Chulainn, Bardic poetry and elegies, to the delicate and intimate writings of early Celtic Christianity, this anthology presents a desirable perception right into a deeply artistic literary culture.
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