Before the poet can take comfort in his conclusions, it dawns on him that the evanescence of mortal triumphs is precisely what makes us love them. 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. Here and elsewhere, his angry outcries bespeak as much self-doubt as arrogance. The E-mail message field is required. My wife, Karen DeVinney, heartened my spirits and improved my writing.
They take their inspiration, rather, from the oral traditions of Irish folklore, from the songs and stories of the country people. Yeats, who supported Wilde throughout his Early Yeats 25 ordeal, eagerly aligned himself with the Savoy project, eventually contributing three of the stories and nine of the poems associated with The Secret Rose and The Wind Among the Reeds. Now, after long years of impoverished wandering, the old man has returned to his ruined birthplace in company with his own son, and together they witness the ghosts of his parents reenacting events from their wedding night. A middle-aged man observes a flock of swans first seen years before; contrasting their unwearied energies to his own diminished spirits, he wonders what will happen when the vitality they symbolize leaves him behind for good. This page intentionally left blank The Cambridge Introduction to W.
Yeats Ronan McDonald The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett John Peters The Cambridge Introduction to Joseph Conrad Martin Scofield The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story Peter Thomson The Cambridge Introduction to English Theatre, 1660—1900 Janet Todd The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen The Cambridge Introduction to W. Unlike the narrator, Robartes has not forsaken the spiritual quest; for him, furthermore, art continues to oVer real access to the divine rather than a mere alternative. It collects essays written during the thirties and forties by such contributors as Cleanth Brooks, R. On the other, his friendships with Ruddock and her successors reflect his lifelong fascination with accomplished women; they also reflect his willingness to respond aYrmingly to female sexuality, and to act as a mentor to aspiring female writers. David Holdeman's volume on Yeats fulfills the publisher's claim to examine the poems, plays, and stories in relation to biographical, literary, and historical contexts. Yeats that, for economic reasons, never reached the public.
Either in August or October, he proposed marriage. Because dance makes art literally from the human body, Yeats saw dancers as emblems of the unity of body and soul associated with Phase 15. Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism. Anyone who has ever tried to write metered poetry knows how hard it is to recreate the changing intonations of authentic speech amid the repeated patterns of conventional verse forms. For a definition of eugenics, see Chapter 2, note 6. 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 feminist and postcolonial critics.
Begotten by the sun-god upon a mortal, he has never. This chapter explores his life and work between the tumults of 1916—17 and his death in 1939. Describes eugenics as a pervasive influence on early-twentieth-century culture; includes a lengthy chapter on Yeats. The Dreaming of the Bones is more straightforward. Yet, in dismissing this possibility, he drew attention to it, and he can hardly have expected readers not to notice that his leading symbol shared many characteristics with the beautiful real-life nationalist often publicly associated with him. This belief — together with his need to impress Gonne and complete himself — soon prompted him to take a leading part in founding Irish literary societies in London and in Dublin.
Yeats the demeaning stereotypes sometimes used by the British to justify their rule. Like that book, it mostly focuses not on male protagonists who perversely long to see their beloveds dead, but rather on speakers caught between the yearning to consummate their desires and the fear that doing so will entail a death-like self-sacrifice. A few passed negative judgments: Yvor Winters concluded that he failed to meet the moral and aesthetic standards of great literature as defined in terms of such values as rationality. And why did he not more loudly denounce European fascism after its character had become clearer? Before the operation, he seems to have experienced a lengthy period of diminished libido and sexual impotence that he associated with creative incapacity. Other editions focus on variant texts of the prose.
Yeats: A Variorum Edition Macmillan, 1992. Although the west had been ravaged by the famines of the 1840s and thus marked by the catastrophic eVects of British neglect , many of its people still spoke Irish, and many more preserved distinctively Irish stories and values. This confession may also surprise new readers of his early works, where his sorrowful, otherworldly longings sometimes seem more literary than real. But The Winding Stair and Other Poems does not replicate The Tower. There is no question that these relationships aVected his writing greatly.
As the first of these poems, however, it initiates a sequence that better reflects his capacity for complex emotion and self-critical thought. The poet saw his own autobiographical writings more as occasions for remaking himself than as strictly accurate chronicles, and many scholars have investigated the relationship between his self-presentation and the life he actually lived. Coming to terms with these issues, Yeats developed new theories of poetic drama and its performance that quickly began to aVect both his plays and lyrics. While using this introduction, students will have instant access to the essential facts about his life and literary career and suggestions for further reading. Eliot famously suggested, his history is also the history of his time. The Variorum Edition of the Poems ed.