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The Collected Poems of W.B.Yeats (Wordsworth Poetry Library) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. September 2000

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William Butler Yeats, whom many consider this century's greatest poet, began as a bard of the Celtic Twilight, reviving legends and Rosicrucian symbols. By the early 1900s, however, he was moving away from plush romanticism, his verse morphing from the incantatory rhythms of "I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree" into lyrics "as cold and passionate as the dawn." At every stage, however, Yeats plays a multiplicity of poetic roles. There is the romantic lover of "When You Are Old" and "A Poet to His Beloved" ("I bring you with reverent Hands / The books of my numberless dreams..."). And there are the far more bitter celebrations of Maud Gonne, who never accepted his love and engaged in too much politicking for his taste: "Why should I blame her that she filled my days / With misery, or that she would of late / Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways, / Or hurled the little streets upon the great, / Had they but courage equal to desire?" There is also the poet of conscience--and confrontation. His 1931 "Remorse for Intemperate Speech" ends: "Out of Ireland have we come. / Great hatred, little room, / Maimed us at the start. / I carried from my mother's womb / A fanatic heart."

Yeats was to explore several more sides of himself, and of Ireland, before his Last Poems of 1938-39. Many are difficult, some snobbish, others occult and spiritualist. As Brendan Kennelly writes, Yeats "produces both poppycock and sublimity in verse, sometimes closely together." On the other hand, many prophetic masterworks are poppycock-free--for example, "The Second Coming" ("Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...") and such inquiries into inspiration as "Among School Children" ("O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?"). And at his best, Yeats extends the meaning of love poetry beyond the obviously romantic: love becomes a revolutionary emotion, attaching the poet to friends, history, and the passionate life of the mind. --Kerry Fried -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"My favourite poet is Yeats, who in my book is the greatest since Shakespeare" (Michael Longley)

"His verse is inspired;his poetic persona is magnificent... He created a poetry both lyrical and demotic, melodic and rhetorical" (Peter Ackroyd The Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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It is hard to dispute Yeats' status as the most influential poet in the 20th century. His wit and articulate voice covers almost every facet of our society today. This book simply presents W.B. in all of his glory, allowing the reader to view every poem simply and purely, as they were intended to be seen.
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Yeats schreibt tolles Gedichte, die man einmal gelesen haben sollte. Sein Englisch ist super leicht verständlich, sodass auch Schüler mit ihrem Schulenglisch keine Probleme haben sollten ihn zu verstehen.
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Von Ein Kunde am 30. Juni 1997
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It has long seemed that although Yeat is the best poet in English in our century, Eliot wrote the best poem. For "The Waste Land" captured a spiritual doubt and hunger that started between the wars and remained with us as a kind of heavy inertia; how can we make our lives meaningful, Eliot asked, and showed us that we have no idea where to start. But now such lethargy seems almost quaint; we don't now doubt what to do, but rather we do and doubt where it shall take us. What if all our global, unified and unifying efforts are taking us somewhere terrible? Yeats's poem "The Second Coming" now seems the true herald of our time.

Finneran's edition includes this poem in context, in its order in the development of Yeats's work. Read it as Yeat meant it to be read: followed by his equally great poem "A Prayer for my Daughter," where he offers hope in the beauty and innocence of personal ceremony. In a crowded, generic time, Yeats's poems are themselves ceremonies.
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This book offers the reader a selected range of poems written by William Butler Yeats, an Irish writer, who occupies himself mostly with the Irish heritage and Irish folklore. Due to the mystic elements and Yeats's belief that people can be reincarnated the poems are sometimes a little bit hard to grasp, but once the background is established, the peoms are very enjoyable.

The book itself has a stable paperback jacket, a nice short introduction, a list of texts in the book divided in the genres "Lyrical" with the different compilations of poems like "The Tower" or "The Rose". In the back of the book there are also some few "Narrative" and "Dramatic" texts as for example "Two Kings" or "The Wanderings of Oisin".

Only critique is that the font size is somewhat small, but this is made up for by the nice presentation of the pieces of art. It's handy paperback format makes it ideal for grabing and taking along. What is maybe also a key issue is that it is affordable.

I recommend this book to everyone who likes mystics and is not afraid to open his or her mind to celtic folklore and the new approach Yeats provides the reader with.
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Von Ein Kunde am 10. März 1999
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I began reading Yeat's collected poems twenty-five years ago and still turn to them regularly. The best ones do not fade with time but provide increasing enjoyment.
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