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The Green Helmet and Other Poems

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Dramatization Of A Most Interesting Gaelic Variant Of The Story Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1910)
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Kilian Metcalf
Mar 17, 2013 Kilian Metcalf rated it liked it
I love Yeats, even his minor work lifts my heart. The title poem, a play with a plotline similar to the Green Knight, has the Red Man returning a year after having his head cut off, to collect his penalty, the head of man to be cut off. He had left behind the Green Helmet for the "best of you all to lift." The men in the house quarrel amongst themselves who has the best claim, until Cuchulain throws it into the sea. At the end of the play when the Red Man returns, it is Cuchulain who kneels befo ...more
Apr 02, 2014 T.J. rated it really liked it
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Published in 1910 The Green Helmet and Poems is a fair collection of mid-period Yeats. There are a few of the frequently anthologized hits, "No Second Troy" and "The Fascination of What's Difficult," as well as plenty of more obscure and less successful poems. This slim volume does contain the brief and beautiful "A Drinking Song," which I think is Yeats most moving love poem and one you should read right now if you haven't before.

The real surprise here is the verse drama The Green Helmet, which
Greg Z
Mar 03, 2017 Greg Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this short collection, we find, "A Drinking Song;"
"Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you and sigh."
So simple, so beautiful. This isn't a collection of great, five-star poems, but there are some real beauties to be found here. Yeats is becoming my favorite poet.
Apr 17, 2013 i! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ranges from pessimism to flat-out bitching.

Still some excellent phrases and images scattered throughout:
"Where wings have memory of wings"

"Where passion and precision have been one
Time out of mind, became too ruinous
To breed the lidless eye that loves the sun?"
This is my first time reading any Yeats and I am pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.

The first part is poems and the second part is a play, The Green Helmet, another new experience for me! The play was easy to read and follow so I will be reading more of them.

Definitely a new fan here!
Cooper Renner
Not one of Yeats' great collections, but still deft and polished in a way that most contemporary formalists can only dream of.
Sam Fink
A little better than others I read
Nov 27, 2016 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of poems that Yeats wrote later in life. Lots of thoughts backwards and towards his legacy. I have a hard time with his poems and catching the thought. They read out loud nicely.
Mar 03, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
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Yessss, these are the poems I was waiting for all this time. He finally starts to grow into precision with this collection.
Dec 30, 2012 Neer rated it it was ok
Some beautiful images.

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William Butler Yeats (pronounced /ˈjeɪts/) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, se ...more
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