Selected Poems And Four Plays

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 9, 1996 - Drama - 270 pages
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Since its first appearance in 1962, M. L. Rosenthal's classic selection of Yeats's poems and plays has attracted hundreds of thousands of readers. This newly revised edition includes 211 poems and 4 plays. It adds The Words Upon the Window-Pane, one of Yeats's most startling dramatic works in its realistic use of a seance as the setting for an eerily powerful reenactment of Jonathan Swift's rigorous idealism, baffling love relationships, and tragic madness. The collection profits from recent scholarship that has helped to establish Yeats's most reliable texts, in the order set by the poet himself. And his powerful lyrical sequences are amply represented, culminating in the selection from Last Poems and Two Plays, which reaches its climax in the brilliant poetic plays The Death of Cuchulain and Purgatory.
Scholars, students, and all who delight in Yeats's varied music and sheer quality will rejoice in this expanded edition. As the introduction observes, "Early and late he has the simple, indispensable gift of enchanting the ear....He was also the poet who, while very much of his own day in Ireland, spoke best to the people of all countries. And though he plunged deep into arcane studies, his themes are most clearly the general ones of life and death, love and hate, man's condition, and history's meanings. He began as a sometimes effete post-Romantic, heir to the pre-Raphaelites, and then, quite naturally, became a leading British Symbolist; but he grew at last into the boldest, most vigorous voice of this century." Selected Poems and Four Plays represents the essential achievement of the greatest twentieth-century poet to write in English.
  

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User Review  - Mia McInnis - Goodreads

I sorely enjoyed this book, I love Yeats and having a chance to again re-read some of his works was a nice change of pace. Read full review

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Contents

from Crossways 1889
1
Fergus and the Druid
7
The Pity of Love
13
from The Wind Among the Reeds 1899
20
The Unappeasable Host
21
He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead
27
Against Unworthy Praise
33
Pardon Old Fathers
38
Crazy Jane Grown Old Looks at the Dancers
149
Girls Song
150
Her Anxiety
151
Lullaby
152
After Long Silence
153
Tom the Lunatic
154
The Delphic Oracle upon Pbtinus
155
Chosen
156

The Peacock
45
from The Wild Swans at Coole 1919
51
To a Young Beauty
57
Memory
63
The Phases of the Moon
71
Two Songs of a Fool
77
Easter 1916
83
The Second Coming
89
from The Tower 1928
102
The Tower
103
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETEEN
115
Leda and the Swan
121
from The Winding Stair and Other Poems 1933
129
Veronicas Napkin
135
Quarrel in Old Age
143
Remorse for Intemperate Speech
144
Crazy Jane Reproved
146
Crazy Jane and Jack the Journeyman
147
Crazy Jane on God
148
The Wards Upon the WindowPane 1934
158
Parnells Funeral and Other Poems 1935
172
Church and State
173
in Ribh in Ecstasy
175
Whence Had They Come?
176
The Gyres
178
The Ladys Third Song
184
The Great Day
190
from On the Boiler 1939
196
The Black Tower
202
Cuchulain Comforted
203
The Apparitions
209
The Death of Cuchulain 1939
215
Purgatory 1939
225
Glossary of Names and Places
251
Selective Bibliography
259
Index of First Lines of Poems
267
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William Butler Yeats is generally considered to be Irelandís greatest poet, living or dead, and one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.

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