Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2010 - Poetry
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Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, William Butler Yeats discovered early in his literary career a fascination with Irish folklore and the occult. Later awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, Yeats produced a vast collection of stories, songs, and poetry of Ireland's historical and legendary past. These writings helped secure for Yeats recognition as a leading proponent of Irish nationalism and Irish cultural independence. Originally published in two separate books near the end of the nineteenth century, these tales have preserved a rich and charming heritage in a charmingly authentic Irish voice. In this volume, extraordinary characters of Irish myth are brought to life through the brilliant poetic voice of W.B. Yeats. These legendary stories of capricious Trooping Fairies, the frightful Banshee, Kings and Queens, Giants, Devils and the ever popular Leprechaun will delight and entertain readers of all ages.
  

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User Review  - ErinnnPratt - LibraryThing

These stories are so rich in culture, and humor as well! I'm sure most children would thoroughly enjoy reading these folk tales, or having these folk tales read to them. The way the stories are set up ... Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

To me interesting chiefly for Yeats' introduction, in which he (a practicing magician with the Golden Dawn at one time) makes clear tat he entertains the possibility that the fairies are real. Read full review

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Contents

WITCHES FAIRY DOCTORS
94
Bewitched Butter Donegal
96
A Queens County Witch
97
The Witch Hare
99
Bewitched Butter Queens County
100
The Horned Women
106
The Witches Excursion
107
The Confessions of Tom Bourke
109

The White Trout A Legend of Cong
31
The Fairy Thorn
33
The Legend of Knockgrafton
35
A Donegal Fairy
38
The Brewery of Eggshells
39
The Fairy Nurse
40
Jamie Freel and the Young Lady
41
The Stolen Child
45
THE MERROW
47
Flory Cantillons Funeral
55
THE SOLITARY FAIRIES
57
The Lepracaun or Fairy Shoemaker
58
Master and Man
60
Far Darrig in Donegal
63
The Piper and the Puca
66
Daniel ORourke
67
The Kildare Pooka
71
How Thomas Connolly met the Banshee
73
A Lamentation for the Death of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald
75
The Banshee of the Mae Carthys
76
GHOSTS
84
A Dream
85
Grace Connor
86
A Legend of Tyrone
87
The Black Lamb
88
The Radiant Boy
90
The Fate of Frank MKenna
91
The Pudding Bewitched
117
TYEERNANOGE
124
The Legend of ODonoghue
125
RentDay
126
Loughleagh Lake of Healing
128
HyBrasailThe Isle of the Blest
131
The Phantom Isle
132
SAINTS PRIESTS
133
The Priest of Coloony
137
The Story of the Little Bird
138
Conversion of King Laoghaires Daughters
139
THE DEVIL
141
The Long Sppon
142
The Countess Kathleen OShea
143
The Three Wishes
145
GIANTS
158
A Legend of Knockmany
162
KINGS QUEENS PRINCESSES EARLS ROBBERS
169
The Lazy Beauty and her Aunt
172
The Haughty Princess
175
The Enchantment of Gearoidh Iarla
176
Munachar and Manachar
178
Donald and his Neighbours
180
The Jackdaw
182
The Story of Conneda
183
NOTES
191
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About the author (2010)

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).

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