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Cambridge Introduction to W. B. Yeats

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ISBN-10: 0521547377

ISBN-13: 9780521547376

Edition: 2006

Authors: David Holdeman

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This introduction to one of the twentieth century's most important writers examines Yeats's poems, plays and stories in relation to biographical, literary, and historical contexts. Yeats wrote with passion and eloquence about personal disappointments, his obsession with Ireland, and the modern era's loss of faith in traditional beliefs about art, religion, empire, social class, gender and sex. His works uniquely reflect the gradual transition from Victorian aestheticism to the modernism of Pound, Eliot and Joyce. This is the first introductory study to consider his work in all genres in light of the latest biographies, new editions of his letters and manuscripts, and recent accounts by…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
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…    

List of abbreviations
Early Yeats
Early religious and political views
Maud Gonne, gender, and The Countess Cathleen
"The Rose"
The Secret Rose and The Wind Among the Reeds
The fading of the Rose
Middle Yeats
The Irish National Theatre
Early plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, On Baile's Strand, and The King's Threshold
Drama's influence on Yeats's verse style: In the Seven Woods
Revisions, masks, and The Green Helmet and Other Poems
Ireland's "Troubles"
Late Yeats
Lunar visions: The Wild Swans at Coole
Four Plays for Dancers and Michael Robartes and the Dancer
The Tower
The Winding Stair and Other Poems
Blueshirts, eugenics, "lust and rage": Yeats's final works
Yeats's critics
Bibliographies, scholarly editions, and biographies
Critical studies
Guide to further reading