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-- Nobel Prize winning writer and poet W.B. Yeats included almost every sort of Irish folk in this marvelous compendium of fairy tales and songs that he collected and edited for publication in 1892.
-- Yeats was fascinated by Irish myths and folklore, and joined forces with the writers of the Irish Literary Revival. He studied Irish folk tales and chose to reintroduce the g
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by MetroBooks (NY) (first published 1888)
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Trevor
Feb 27, 2013 Trevor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, poetry
This surprised me – I was suspecting this to be very much like the Grimm or Calvino efforts. You know, lots of familiar fairy tales but told in a tippering way with a fetching Irish brogue. If you are after such then you’ll have to jump nearly to the very end of this collection. These stories would possibly come closer to ghost stories in a way. The relationship between the natural and supernatural is more dreamlike in these stories than in what I am used to in fairy tales. There is something mu ...more
Rinda Elwakil
سلسلة مثيرة للاهتمام

كتاب متميز جدا جدا لكل من يهتم بالقصص الشعبية و حكايات الجنيات

that was a good read :)
Damiana
Sep 22, 2014 Damiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, rc-nobelprize
Questo libro racchiude la migliore tradizione fiabesca irlandese, tra fate, folletti, streghe, sirene e giganti, raccolti dal grande poeta in due volumi, che qui si trovano in edizione integrale. Molto interessante e piacevole nella lettura anche perchè la maggior parte dei racconti sono corti. Per chi ama l'Irlanda e la cultura Irish è il libro ideale!
Owlseyes


TO SOME I HAVE TALKED WITH BY THE FIRE

"WHILE I wrought out these fitful Danaan rhymes,
My heart would brim with dreams about the times
When we bent down above the fading coals
And talked of the dark folk who live in souls
Of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees;

A rapturous music, till the morning break
And the white hush end all but the loud beat
Of their long wings, the flash of their white feet."





They’re prevalent in the Irish poetry and music; I mean, the ghosts and the fairies [“SHEEHO
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Matthew
Oct 23, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how creepy and morbid so much of this stuff is. Mermen who keep people's souls in cages under the sea? Yes please! Heroic priests! Drunken escapades! Witches and swans! And the most sadistic fairies you'll ever know!
Gary
Feb 14, 2009 Gary rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite folktale books. This work bring alive the legends and ghost tales of the people of Ireland in the 1900th century and back. My favorite being the Tale of ' Teig O'Kane and the Corpse.'Some of the best ghost stories can be found in these Irish legends and folk tale books.
Praxedes
This collection of Irish lore by Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats is extremely thorough. What most intrigues me about folk and fairy tales is their role as modern-day fables, offering advice about life and how to live it. Great for people interested in the nuances of Irish culture.
Terry Calafato
Nov 14, 2013 Terry Calafato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Una lettura piacevole nonché un ricco excursus sul folklore irlandese.
Nadine Jones
I know I read this a long time ago, but I need to re read b cause I can't remember it
Parrish Lantern
“People think I am merely trying to bring back a little of the old dead beautiful world of romance into this century of great engines and spinning Jinnies. Surely the hum of wheels and clatter of presses, to let alone the lecturers with their black coats and tumblers of water, have driven away the goblin kingdom and made silent the feet of the little dancers.”

W. B. Yeats, then goes on to state that Old Biddy Hart, in her thatched cottage has little use for such opinions, will hold no truck with
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Frahorus
William Butler Yeats nacque a Dublino nel 1865 e faceva parte di quel gruppo di scrittori del Rinascimento Celtico ma proveniva anche da quelle famiglie la cui storia era molto legata alla cultura della chiesa irlandese ed è evidente la sua grande sensibilità di stampo cristiano nei racconti che ha raccolto in questo volume. Questa opera racchiude e raccoglie due sue raccolte, ovvero Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry e Irish Fairy Tales , pubblicate assieme la prima volta col titolo ...more
معتز
Sep 01, 2014 معتز rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, fairy-tales
دعنا نبدأ بما أزعجني أولًا -_-
حينما تجد المترجم يورد في أحدى هوامش المقدمة أن هذا الكتاب يعد مختصرًا لتلك الحكايا بسبب شدة طولها ، فهذا أعزجني كثيرًا ..أعني إن لم يكن مشروع مثل مشروع "كلمة " هو من سيقدم الترجمة الكاملة لهذه النصوص..فمن الذي سيترجمها كاملة يومًا ما XD
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علي أيًا هذا لم يكن ليزعجني لولا أنني وبحق وجدت أن جنيات لاجيني أفضل بمراحل ومراحل ومراحل -لا حاجة لإكررها للمرة الرابعة - من الكتاب السابق الذي قرأته في تلك السلسلة " شجرة الكرز"
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في الريفيو الخاص بشجرة الكرز المقدسة قلت أنني لن أت
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Katherine Sas
This combination of two of Yeats' compilations of Irish folk and fairy tales gives a phenomenal sense of the spirit of Irish folklore. Some of the elements are familiar from other European traditions (for example I recognized cognates of the Grimms' Golden Bird & the Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear as well as a few quotes, motifs, and characters of the earlier Irish myths found in sources like the Ulster Cycle) but the dry wit is uniquely Irish. The people and storytellers have a matter-of- ...more
Francisca
Jul 26, 2016 Francisca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And this was the first butterfly that was ever seen in Ireland; and now all men know that the butterflies are the souls of the dead, waiting for the moment when they may enter Purgatory, and so pass through torture to purification and peace


Read if you're interested on fairies, changelings, leprachauns, banshees, merrows, disappearing islands, ghosts, giants, witches, fairy doctors, the Devil, saints, kings, queens, earls, and robbers. Or if you have been currently obessing over http://www.lo
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Fiona
Oct 16, 2016 Fiona rated it it was amazing
For this book, I just read a few stories under the T'yeer-na-n-oge section. In Irish folklore, T'yeer-na-n-oge or Tir-na-n-Og, is The Land of Youth and many believe it to be the home of most of fairies. The fairy tales I read revolved around a healing lake, a just and benevolent king, and fairies. T'yeer-na-n-oge is a strange place that stops time, but if you are able to leave it, all your time catches up with you. This book was a little hard to read because some of the words are in Gaelic; I ha ...more
Booklovinglady
In English there is plenty of choice when it comes to Irish folk and fairy tales but if you'd like a Dutch edition, then the stories in Ierse elfenverhalen en andere volksvertellingen uit Ierland, collected by William Butler Yeats. is the book for you!

See also Summer Challenge 2014 (message 45) for a review in Dutch.
Roberta
Jun 01, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ottima raccolta di racconti popolari, divisa per sezioni dedicate ai protagonisti (dal piccolo popolo ai giganti) e con grande varietà
Diana Dimovska
Sep 16, 2015 Diana Dimovska rated it liked it
So many similarities with Macedonian folk tales, I'm amazed!
Megan
Aug 27, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok
2.5
In some instances.. Creepy as f*** but not too bad.
Abdel Aziz Amer
مجموعة حكايات من التراث الآيرلندي .. تظهر فيها مسحة التدين والإيمان بالقديسين واحترام الكنيسة .. و تشترك جميعاً في وجود الجن فيها .. ورغم أن الجن تظهر داخل الحكايات بأن لها رهبة وخشية في قلوب الناس ، إلا أن لقاء أبطال الحكايات بهم يتشابه بلقاء الأصدقاء .. فهم يساعدونهم على تجاوز العقبات ويعاقبونهم إذا أسائوا التصرف !
Luca
Jan 11, 2017 Luca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tales
A important book for anynone intersted in folklore.
John Kulm
Mar 13, 2012 John Kulm rated it it was amazing
Part of the appeal of fairytales, for me, is that I want to understand archetypes. That’s why archetypal literature intrigues me: Faust, Zarathustra, or modern examples like The Alchemist, and The Teachings of Don Juan. Irish fairytales have an interesting similarity to contemporary conversations about archetypal encounters and spirit guides.

The Irish fairy tales recorded by Yeats take on a special meaning when seen as archetypal, and understood as the product of the inner-work described by Car
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Delaney Warren
May 24, 2016 Delaney Warren rated it it was amazing
The Irish myths that I read in my novel were centralized around morals and social expectations. Often times, a character would be overcome by their greed or desire for something and go against their well-established beliefs. In return, that character would be met by a spirit or creature that would make the character question their actions by utilizing the element of human fear or angst. Although there were many different authors for each of the short stories, I believe that they wanted the reade ...more
Ahmed Mahdi
Dec 22, 2015 Ahmed Mahdi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folktales
عانت المخلوق السحرية والاسطورية من الفيري والايلف في ايرلندا وشمال اوروبا في الدول الاسكندنافية من الشيطنة بعد دخول الديانة المسيحية فقد قامت بتحويل كل الكائنات الاسطورية الي شياطين او ملائكة ساقطون حيث يهربون من القساوسة او عند سماع اسم الرب ولا يطيقون سماع صوت اجراس الكنائس، في حين أن الايلف مثلا في الاساطير الشمالية القديمة مثل "الايدا الشعرية" كانوا في صف الييسر أو الالهة مثل اودين وثور ضد العمالقة الزرق او اليوتنز الذين سيقفون بجوار لوكي في معركة راجناروك عند نهاية العالم

ولم يستعيد بعض الأج
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Michael
I am a bit unsure of just how to rate this book. On one hand, for such a well-known and renowned work, its author shows, in his introduction alone, a remarkable ignorance of and naivete about folklore, folk tales, folk tradition, and his own culture's traditional inheritance. His fancies seem at once romantic, and harshly skeptical. Fortunately, the tales contained in this book are not of his own authorship and therefore show a quite accurate rang of folk motifs. The book is a very curious mix o ...more
Anna [Floanne]
Abbastanza delusa da questa raccolta di fiabe incentrate sulla mitologia celtica e le credenze popolari della tradizione irlandese. Attirata dal nome del celebre poeta e drammaturgo irlandese, premio Nobel per la letteratura, William Butler Yeats che curò e scelse i racconti e le ballate più rappresentative di vari autori irlandesi, mi ero avvicinata a questo libro con l'aspettativa di scoprire qualcosa di più su folletti e lepricani. In realtà le storie si assomigliano tutte troppo e, se pur ra ...more
Lance
This trifle of a book has more value as a pocket encyclopedia for the basic categories of apparitions that haunt the collective Irish imagination than as a collection of stories worth reading in their own right. The collection does contain a few standouts: the few poems here present are especially beautiful, and “Flory Cantillon’s Funeral” was my particular favorite for its simple, haunting ending. The rest of the stories are not bad, but they either bluster on for two or three pages too many, o ...more
Anna
Jul 25, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's somewhat hard to rate and review a collection of fairy tales, really--it's not like the usual collection of short stories. However, Yeats managed to put together a number of stories that are quaint and entertaining. Not only that, but he provides notes about the creatures and people found therein, as well as cross-referencing another writer and folklore collector: Lady Wilde (whose own collection I haven't quite gotten around to reading yet). Being rather interested in these sorts of tales, ...more
Mary Anne
Jul 03, 2014 Mary Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, classic, poetry
Wow, I completely forgot to review this book. Well, I've had this on my physical bookshelf for a few years. Given that I am a smidge Irish (and I like folklore), this was an easy purchase, and one I'm likely to keep.

Granted, I know very little about Irish fairies and folklore beyond major media examples. I do very much like Yeats, but I don't know how representative this book is of Irish tales in general, though I also imagine many folk tales are localized.

Overall I think this is a good collecti
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Caitlin
Apr 11, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for fairy tales and this beautiful collection of Irish stories is charming and informative. I would appreciate more background and explanation of the key fairy figures but the stories are well written and entertaining. It is like entering a secret world of what people believed for centuries in Ireland. The Irish are very attached to their mythology and when reading these stories they just feel magical. As much as I love other cultures' mythologies and fairy tales the Irish ones jus ...more
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“On November Eve they are at their gloomiest, for according to the old Gaelic reckoning, this is the first night of winter. This night they dance with the ghosts, and the pooka is abroad, and witches make their spells, and girls set a table with food in the name of the devil, that the fetch of their future lover may come through the window and eat of the food. After November Eve the blackberries are no longer wholesome, for the pooka has spoiled them.” 6 likes
“On Midsummer Eve, when the bonfires are lighted on every hill in honour of St. John, the fairies are at their gayest, and sometime steal away beautiful mortals to be their brides.” 1 likes
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