Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

ISBN-10: 0684807319

ISBN-13: 9780684807317

Edition: 2nd 1989 (Revised)

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List price: $22.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 9/9/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.650
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).

Preface To The Second Edition
The Song of the Happy Shepherd
The Sad Shepherd
The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes
Anashuya and Vijaya
The Indian upon God
The Indian to his Love
The Falling of the Leaves
The Madness of King Goll
The Stolen Child
To an Isle in the Water
Down by the Salley Gardens
The Meditation of the Old Fisherman
The Ballad of Father O'Hart
The Ballad of Moll Magee
The Ballad of the FoxhunterThe Rose(1893)
To the Rose upon the Rood of Time
Fergus and the Druid
Cuchulain's Fight with the Sea
The Rose of the World
The Rose of Peace
The Rose of Battle
A Faery Song
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
A Cradle Song
The Pity of Love
The Sorrow of Love
When You are Old
The White Birds
A Dream of Death
The Countess Cathleen in Paradise
Who goes with Fergus?
The Man who dreamed of Faeryland
The Dedication to a Book of Stories selected from the Irish Novelists
The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner
The Ballad of Father Gilligan
The Two Trees
To Some I have Talked with by the Fire
To Ireland in the Coming TimesThe Wind Among the Reeds(1899)
The Hosting of the Sidhe
The Everlasting Voices
The Moods
The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart
The Host of the Air
The Fish
The Unappeasable Host
Into the Twilight
The Song of Wandering Aengus
The Song of the Old Mother
The Heart of the Woman
The Lover mourns for the Loss of Love
He mourns for the Change that has come upon Him and his Beloved, and longs for the End of the World
He bids his Beloved be at Peace
He reproves the Curlew
He remembers forgotten Beauty
A Poet to his Beloved
He gives his Beloved certain Rhymes
To his Heart, bidding it have no Fear
The Cap and Bells
The Valley of the Black Pig
The Lover asks Forgiveness because of his Many Moods
He tells of a Valley full of Lovers
He tells of the Perfect Beauty
He hears the Cry of the Sedge
He thinks of Those who have spoken Evil of his Beloved
The Blessed
The Secret Rose
Maid Quiet
The Travail of Passion
The Lover pleads with his Friend for Old Friends
The Lover speaks to the Hearers of his Songs in Coming Days
The Poet pleads with the Elemental Powers
He wishes his Beloved were Dead
He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
He thinks of his Past Greatness when a Part of the Constellations of Heaven
The Fiddler of DooneyIn the Seven Woods(1904)
In the Seven Woods
The Arrow
The Folly of being Comforted
Old Memory
Never give all the Heart
The Withering of the Boughs
Adam's Curse
Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland
The Old Men admiring Themselves in the Water
Under the Moon
The Ragged Wood
O do not Love Too Long
The Players ask for a Blessing on the Psalteries and on Themselves
The Happy TownlandThe Green Helmet and Other Poems(1910)
His Dream
A Woman Homer sung
No Second Troy
King and no King
Against Unworthy Praise
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 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
At the Abbey Theatre
These are the Clouds
At Galway Races
A Friend's Illness
All Things can tempt Me
Brown PennyResponsibilities(1914)
Introductory Rhymes
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