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Selected Poems and Two Plays

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195 poems representing the essential poetic achievement of this master of the English language
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 20th 1962 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published February 1962)
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Apr 02, 2009 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
A selection from one of the finest poets of the twentieth century. Yeats writes about Irish myth, contemporary Irish politics, morality, the relation of art to life, and, in his later work, poems based on a personal mythological system. These latter, including “The Second Coming,” “Sailing to Byzantium” and “Byzantium,” along with poems like “The Circus Animals’ Desertion” and “Lapis Lazuli,” are among his best.
Apr 12, 2015 Galicius rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, drama, irish
Yeats’ speaks with a more moving and emotionally engaging voice about the middle of his long writing career in 1914-15 with poems like the short “A Coat”, “The Magi”, and the powerful “Easter 1916” about the failed Irish revolt whose participants were all but one executed. The memorable chorus “A terrible beauty is born” suggests that Yeats is speaking with a new and more powerful voice. It begins a stage in his career when his even more powerful and disturbing poems will come out such as “The S ...more
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Mar 17, 2009 Martin Bihl rated it it was ok
I'll not deny that Yeats is a great poet, but I will say that a lot of his work went way over my head. As such, I would have appreciated a volume that helped me to decode his work more than this did.

That said, this appears to be a fairly comprehensive overview and introduction to the famous poet's work.
Dec 07, 2012 Jonathan rated it liked it
My rating is more for the anthology than Yeats' poetry. It's hard to give a fair assessment when so many poems are clearly divorced from their contextualizing poem companions.
Nov 18, 2013 Thomasin rated it really liked it
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I enjoy Yeats, always have. And, of course, the more I learn of his history and the socio-political environment in which he composed the greater appreciation I have.
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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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