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Easter 1916 and Other Poems (Thrift Edition)
by W.B. Yeats
Immortal verses by one of the 20th century's greatest poets appear in this compilation of all the poems from The Wild Swans at Coole (1919) and Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921). Includes "The Second Coming," "A Prayer for My Daughter," "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," and many others.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 11th 1997 by Dover Publications
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None but Yeats. Yeats' preoccupation with becoming older and losing that spirit of youth is speaking to me. I seem to have lost my fire and don't know where I've put it. "...Oh heart / The living beauty is for younger men, / We cannot pay it's tribute of wild tears." Maybe it's just burning a little lower. Yeats' poetry reflects and enriches my understanding not only of Irish culture and the issues of class in early 20th-century Ireland (Irish boys going to war for Britain, a nation that has ens...more
A small but kindred collection from Yeats..."A Prayer for my Daughter" was particularly moving as any parent or uncle, aunt or friend might identify with having "walked and prayed for this young child an hour..." in times of sickness. His comments on the long war were simple but deeply felt-"Now and in time be, wherever green is worn, Are changed, changed utterly, A terrible beauty is born" (from Easter 1916). I think I'll read him again.
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...moreMore about W.B. Yeats...