The Celtic Quest: An Anthology from Merlin to Van Morrison

The Celtic Quest: An Anthology from Merlin to Van Morrison

by Jane Lahr
     
 

A lavish feast for the eye and spirit, this magnificently illustrated volume features classic works from Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Wales, winding the finest poetry, fables, fairy tales, folklore, and lyrics into a magical and mesmerizing Celtic weave. Each section resonates with the mystical ideas of the Celts and the traditions of the Druids--the priesthood…  See more details below

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A lavish feast for the eye and spirit, this magnificently illustrated volume features classic works from Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Wales, winding the finest poetry, fables, fairy tales, folklore, and lyrics into a magical and mesmerizing Celtic weave. Each section resonates with the mystical ideas of the Celts and the traditions of the Druids--the priesthood that formed the core of Celtic beliefs.

Structured according to the Celtic lunar calendar, The Celtic Quest is divided into three sections: Song, Sword, and Star. Song reveals the Celts' deep reverance for nature, celebrating the rebirth of the land as well as the heart in great works by ancient and contemporary bards. Sword reflects the passage of time with tales of courage and transformation that trace the Celtic heroes' journey toward maturity. Star focuses on the Druidic beliefs in reincarnation, shape-shifting, and shamanic practices.

From the prophetic poetry of Yeats to contemporary voices like Dylan Thomas and Van Morrison, this gorgeous book will ass mystery and magic to your library and your life. Writers include: William Blake, James Joyce, Katharine Tynan, Robert Burns, and George MacDonald. Artists include: John McKirdy Duncan, Augustus John, Charles Rennie and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Harry Clarke, Sir Henry Raeburn, James Jebusa Shannon, Peter Davidson, Tim Goulding, Glyn Morgan, and Gewn O'Dowd.

Richly illustrated, this anthology reflects the beauty, diversity, and craftsmanship of Celtic art--including paintings, drawings, metalwork, and photographs. The unique pairings of art and literature will inspire as they celebrate the magic, power, and poetry of the Celtic spirit.

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From the Publisher
"Lahr skillfully mixes ancient myths with the words of modern musicians such as Sting, William Butler Yeats, Robert Burns, Jonathan Swift--they are all there. The result is a striking book." --USA TODAY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599620459
Publisher:
Welcome Enterprises
Publication date:
01/29/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.94(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Lahr is the editor of Searching for Mary Magdalene: A Journey Through Art and Literature (Welcome) and coeditor of the best-selling anthology Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang). Working from Stonington, Connecticut and New York, Lahr has a dozen titles to her credit. She is married to a member of the clan of MackIntosh.

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