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The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume II: The Plays is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper. This complete edition includes virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts and with extensive explanatory notes.

The Plays, edited by David R. Clark

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Hardcover, 960 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Scribner (first published 1934)
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Samuel Beckett considered Yeats one of the great dramatists of the early 20th century. I, however, find little in his plays that interests me. His verse lacks the flowing rhymes and the beautiful cadences of his lyrical poetry. And he doesn’t have the ability to create interesting, compelling characters. Despite Cuchulain’s appearance in many plays, he never comes alive like Shakespeare’s Macbeth or Brecht’s Galileo. Like Tennyson’s King Arthur, Cuchulain ultimately remains a flat character ...more
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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, ...more
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“...Rose of all Roses, Rose of all the World!
You, too, have come where the dim tides are hurled
Upon the wharves of sorrow, and heard ring
The bell that calls us on; the sweet far thing.
Beauty grown sad with its eternity
Made you of us, and of the dim grey sea.
Our long ships loose thought-woven sails and wait,
For God has bid them share an equal fate;
And when at last defeated in His wars,
They have gone down under the same white stars,
We shall no longer hear the little cry
Of our sad hearts, that may not live nor die.”
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