Spanning over a thousand years of poetry and song in the Irish language, this anthology celebrates the power of love. Here it is in all its aspects-the heady rush of first love; its capacity for fun and levity; sorrow, heartbreak and unrequited love; and the thin line between love and hate.

Editor Ciaran Mac Murchaidh brilliantly places this literature within its historical context, injecting new life into classic texts. The passion of the poets themselves is always to the fore as they travel love’s twisted highways. Anna Nielsen’s illustrations add a playful new dimension.