Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

ISBN-10: 0393974979

ISBN-13: 9780393974973

Edition: 2000

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This brand new collection, impeccably edited by James Pethica, presents a comprehensive selection of Yeats's major contributions in poetry, drama, prose fiction, autobiography, and criticism. "Criticism" includes twenty-four interpretive essays by T. S. Eliot, Daniel Albright, Douglas Archibald, Harold Bloom, George Bornstein, Elizabeth Cullingford, Paul de Man, Richard Ellman, R. F. Foster, Stephen Gwynn, Seamus Heaney, Marjorie Howes, John Kelly, Declan Kiberd, Lucy McDiarmid, Michael North, Thomas Parkinson, Marjorie Perloff, James Pethica, Jahan Ramazani, Ronald Schuchard, Michael J. Sidnell, Anita Sokolsky, and Helen Vendler. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

In his 1940 memorial lecture in Dublin, T. S. Eliot pronounced Yeats "one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them." Modern readers have increasingly agreed, and some now view Yeats even more than Eliot as the greatest modern poet in our language. Son of the painter John Butler Yeats, the poet divided his early years among Dublin, London, and the port of Sligo in western Ireland. Sligo furnished many of the familiar places in his poetry, among them the mountain Ben Bulben and the lake isle of Innisfree. Important influences on his early adulthood included his father, the writer and artist William Morris, the nationalist leader John O'Leary, and the occultist Madame Blavatsky. In 1889 he met the beautiful actress and Irish nationalist Maud Gonne; his long and frustrated love for her (she refused to marry him) would inspire some of his best work. Often and mistakenly viewed as merely a dreamy Celtic twilight, Yeats's work in the 1890s involved a complex attempt to unite his poetic, nationalist, and occult interests in line with his desire to "hammer [his] thoughts into unity." By the turn of the century, Yeats was immersed in the work with the Irish dramatic movement that would culminate in the founding of the Abbey Theatre in 1904 as a national theater for Ireland. Partly as a result of his theatrical experience, his poetry after 1900 began a complex "movement downwards upon life" fully evident in the Responsibilities volume of 1914. After that he published the extraordinary series of great volumes, all written after age 50, that continued until the end of his career. Widely read in various literary and philosophic traditions, Yeats owed his greatest debt to romantic poetry and once described himself, along with his coworkers John Synge and Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory, as a "last romantic." Yet he remained resolutely Irish as well and presented in his verse a persona bearing a subtle, idealized relationship to his everyday self. Political events such as the Easter Rising and the Irish civil war found their way into his poetry, as did personal ones such as marriage to the Englishwoman Georgiana "Georgie" Hyde-Lees in 1917, the birth of his children, and his sometime home in the Norman tower at Ballylee. So, too, did his increasing status as a public man, which included both the Nobel Prize in 1923 and a term as senator of the Irish Free State (1922--28). Yeats's disparate activities led to a lifelong quest for what he called "unity of being," which he pursued by "antinomies," or opposites. These included action and contemplation, life and art, fair and foul, and other famous pairs from his poetry. The most original poet of his age, he was also in ways the most traditional, and certainly the most substantial. His varied literary output included not only poems and plays but an array of prose forms such as essays, philosophy, fiction, reviews, speeches, and editions of folk and literary material. He also frequently revised his own poems, which exist in various published texts helpfully charted in the Variorum edition (1957).

A Note on the Texts
from Crossways (1889)
The Song of the Happy Shepherd
The Sad Shepherd
The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes
The Indian to His Love
The Falling of the Leaves
Ephemera (2 versions)
The Stolen Child
To an Isle in the Water
Down by the Salley Gardens
The Meditation of the Old Fisherman
from the Rose (1892)
To the Rose upon the Rood of Time
Fergus and the Druid
The Rose of the World
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Pity of Love
The Sorrow of Love (2 versions)
When You are Old
The White Birds
[Who goes with Fergus?]
The Dedication to a Book of Stories selected from the Irish Novelists (2 versions)
The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner (2 versions)
To Ireland in the Coming Times
from the Wind Among the Reeds (1899)
The Hosting of the Sidhe
The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart
The Fisherman [The Fish]
The Song of Wandering Aengus
The Lover mourns for the Loss of Love
He reproves the Curlew
He remembers Forgotten Beauty
A Poet to his Beloved
He gives his Beloved certain Rhymes
To my Heart, bidding it have no Fear
The Cap and Bells
He hears the Cry of the Sedge
He thinks of those who have Spoken Evil of his Beloved
The Lover pleads with his Friend for Old Friends
He wishes his Beloved were Dead
He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
from in the Seven Woods (1903)
In the Seven Woods
The Arrow
The Folly of Being Comforted
Never Give all the Heart
Adam's Curse
Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland
The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water
O Do Not Love Too Long
from the Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910)
His Dream
A Woman Homer Sung
The Consolation [Words]
No Second Troy
The Fascination of What's Difficult
A Drinking Song
The Coming of Wisdom with Time
On hearing that the Students of our New University have joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Agitation against Immoral Literature
To a Poet, who would have me Praise certain Bad Poets, Imitators of His and Mine
The Mask
Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitation
All Things can Tempt Me
The Young Man's Song [Brown Penny]
from Responsibilities (1914)
[Introductory Rhymes]
To a Wealthy Man who promised a Second Subscription to the Dublin Municipal Gallery if it were proved the People wanted Pictures
September 1913
To a Friend whose Work has come to Nothing
The Three Beggars
Beggar to Beggar Cried
The Witch
The Peacock
To a Child Dancing in the Wind
[Two Years Later]
Fallen Majesty
The Cold Heaven
The Magi
The Dolls
A Coat
[Closing Rhymes]
from the Wild Swans at Coole (1917)
The Wild Swans at Coole
In Memory of Major Robert Gregory
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
Men Improve with the Years
The Living Beauty
A Song
The Scholars (2 versions)
Lines Written in Dejection
On Woman
The Fisherrnan
The People
Broken Dreams
The Balloon of the Mind
On being asked for a War Poem
Ego Dominus Tuus
The Double Vision of Michael Robartes
from Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921)
Michael Robartes and the Dancer
Easter, 1916
On a Political Prisoner
The Second Coming
A Prayer for my Daughter
To be Carved on a Stone at Thoor Ballylee
from the Tower (1928)
Sailing to Byzantium
The Tower
Meditations in Time of Civil War
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
A Prayer for my Son
Leda and the Swan
Among School Children
All Souls' Night
from the Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933)
In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz
A Dialogue of Self and Soul
Blood and the Moon
Coole Park, 1929
The Choice
Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop
Father and Child
from a Full Moon in March (1935)
A Prayer for Old Age
The Four Ages of Man
from New Poems (1938)
The Gyres
Lapis Lazuli
Imitated from the Japanese
What Then?
Beautiful Lofty Things
Come Gather Round Me Parnellites
The Great Day
The Spur
The Municipal Gallery Re-visited
from Last Poems (1939)
Under Ben Bulben
The Black Tower
Long-legged Fly
High Talk
Man and the Echo
The Circus Animals' Desertion
Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902)
On Baile's Strand (1903)
At the Hawk's Well (1917)
Purgatory (1939)
Prose Fiction and Folklore Writings
from The Celtic Twilight (1893)
This Book
Belief and Unbelief
Drumcliff and Rosses
from The Celtic Twilight (1902)
'Dust hath closed Helen's Eye'
Enchanted Woods
By the Roadside
from The Secret Rose (1897)
The Crucifixion of the Outcast
The Old Men of the Twilight
from Stories of Red Hanrahan (1904)
The Twisting of the Rope
The Death of Hanrahan
Autobiographical Writings
from Reveries Over Childhood and Youth (1916)
from The Trembling of the Veil (1922)
from Book I. Four Years: 1887-1891
from Book II. Ireland after Parnell
from Memoris: Autobiography (written 1916-17, published 1972)
from The Trembling of the Veil (1922)
from Book III. Hodos Chameliontos
from Book IV. The Tragic Generation
from Book V. The Stirring of the Bones
from Dramatis Personae, 1896-1902 (1935)
from Memoirs: Journal (written 1909, published 1972)
from Pages from a Diary Written in Nineteen Hundred and Thirty (1944)
Critical Writings
Hopes and Fears for Irish Literature (1892)
The De-Anglicising of Ireland (1892)
from The Message of the Folk-lorist (1893)
from The Celtic Element in Literature (1898)
The Irish Literary Theatre (1899)
from Irish Language and Irish Literature (1900)
from The Symbolism of Poetry (1900)
from Magic (1901)
The Reform of the Theatre (1903)
On Taking 'The Playboy' to London (1907)
The Play of Modern Manners (1908)
A Tower on the Apennines (1908)
from Poetry and Tradition (1908)
from First Principles (1908)
from Per Amica Silentia Lunae (1918)
from Anima Hominis
from Anima Mundi
from A People's Theatre (1919)
from The Bounty of Sweden (1925)
from Introduction to The Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936)
from A Vision (1937)
from Introduction
from Book I: The Great Wheel
Essays for the Scribner Edition of Yeats's Collected Works (1937)
from Introduction to Essays
Introduction to Plays
from On the Boiler (1939)
from Preliminaries
from To-morrow's Revolution
Criticism by Yeats's Contemporaries
[Review of The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems]
[Review of Poems (1899) and The Wind Among the Reeds]
[Review of Responsibilities]
from Vale
[Review of The Wild Swans at Coole]
The Poetry of W. B. Yeats
Yeats and Ireland
Recent Critical and Biographical Studies
The Prelude
[Yeats and the Occult]
Two Years: Bedford Park 1887-1889
Revolt into Style--Yeatsian Poetics
Yeats's Waves
The Elegiac Love Poems: A Woman Dead and Gon(n)e
The Wind Among the Reeds
Technique in the Earlier Poems of Yeats
Yeats's "Written Speech": Writing, Hearing and Performance
Yeats and the Lettered Page
The Taste of Salt 1902-1903
The Aesthetics of Antinomy
W. B. Yeats: Cultural Nationalism
"Easter, 1916" and the Balladic Elegies
Shrill Voices, Accursed Opinions
"Friendship Is the Only House I Have": Lady Gregory and W. B. Yeats
The Passionate Syntax
Hawk and Butterfly: The Double Vision of The Wild Swans at Coole (1917, 1919)
W. B. Yeats and Thoor Ballylee
In the Bedroom of the Big House
Between Hatred and Desire: Sexuality and Subterfuge in "A Prayer for my Daughter"
The Rhetorical Question: "Among School Children"
The Resistance to Sentimentality: Yeats, de Man, and the Aesthetic Education
Desire and Hunger in "Among School Children"
Patronage and Creative Exchange: Yeats, Lady Gregory, and the Economy of Indebtedness
The Rule of Kindred
Politics and Public Life
Yeats: A Chronology
Bibliographical and Textual Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index of Titles and First Lines of Poems
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