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Cathleen Ni Houlihan

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THIS 20 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: Representative British Dramas Victorian and Modern V2, by William Butler Yeats.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1902)
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Josh Belville
Sep 29, 2011 Josh Belville rated it liked it
Shelves: play
One of the first things I noticed while reading Cathleen ni Houlihan is how much it resembles a Japanese noh play. "That's quite a lofty thought," I said to myself, "but it's okay because you're a grad student." Here you have characters who are joined by the shite, the Old Woman, who, by being there and imparting her wisdom, changes this household for good. So quickly, too, and by speaking of Ireland's history. And you could say that Michael is the waki, and is "travelling" to his marriage (so t ...more
Akylina
Mar 11, 2015 Akylina rated it liked it
Shelves: theatre, classics
You can see my review over at The Literary Sisters as well.

The first book I decided to review for the Reading Ireland Month is none other than W.B. Yeats' play 'Cathleen Ni Houlihan'. Written in 1902 and performed in April of the same year in Dublin, it is a play of great symbolic and historic significance for Ireland and the turbulent period it refers to.

'Cathleen Ni Houlihan' is set in an Irish village during the Rebellion of 1798 against the British and it follows a critical moment in the liv
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Debbi
W. B. Yeats è uno dei miei poeti preferiti, senza dubbio. Ora posso dire di apprezzare anche la sua vena teatrale, e molto.
Questo atto unico è struggente nella sua brevità, un concentrato di battute poetiche, che donano al testo teatrale qualcosa di magico. La Old Woman eponima sarà anche una figura propria del folklore irlandese, ma quel che succede nell'opera, chi e come sono i personaggi, i sentimenti sottostanti alle songs, tutto può essere compreso e condiviso.
(Ora vorrei solo poterla veder
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Briynne
May 23, 2007 Briynne rated it it was amazing
I read this while putting together an exhibit on Irish Literature relating to the 1916 Easter Rising for my Rare Books seminar last semester. It's a tiny play, but really good. It's exactly what I want out of Irish literature - nationalistic, proud, sad, and poignant. Plus, Maud Gonne played Cathleen when it first opened, and I just love the whole unrequited love thing Yeats had with her.
Melanie
Sep 13, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
An outstanding play with some particularly poignant messages about patriotism, war, and national identity. All fans of literature should read this at least once.
Adriano Abreu
Apr 14, 2016 Adriano Abreu rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
Não costumo ser um leitor avido de teatro. Foi a minha primeira experiência com Yeats e algo escrito sobre a Irlanda. Tenho a dizer que não foi má de todo. Gostei de todo o misticismo à volta da Poor Old Woman. Possivelmente não entendi referências culturais relativas à Irlanda.

Relativamente às personagens tenho a dizer apenas o Peter e a Bridget se revelaram personagens que não vão de acordo com as minhas éticas. Já que o filho [Michael] iria casar, seus pais decidiram sucumbir ao oportunismo e
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Zan
Oct 26, 2011 Zan rated it really liked it
Sometimes I forget how multifaceted Yeats is. I also forget how sinister some of his mysticism can be.

This short play is based in 1798 in Ireland when the French arrived to help the Irish with their rebellion. Cathleen Ni Houlihan is a mystical old woman who appears in the house of a family preparing for their son's marriage. By the end of the play Cathleen convinces Michael (the groom) to leave the house to meet the French.

Yeats' nationalism abounds in this play. I loved our class discussion ab
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Molly
Jul 20, 2016 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college, 2008
An old woman arrives at an Irish family's home as they are making preparations for the marriage of their oldest son. She tells the family her sad tale of Irish heroes who have given their lives for her. She ultimately lures the groom away to join the Irish rebellion of 1798.

This is very interesting from a historical standpoint. It helped spread Irish nationalism and may have contributed to the 1916 Easter Rising. I also found it interesting how Yeats and Lady Gregory used folklore in the play. G
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Paula Soper
Nov 03, 2011 Paula Soper rated it it was amazing
Can I possibly love Yeats more? Yes, because he was smart enough to work with Augusta Gregory! This play is gorgeous and, as Zan says, multi-faceted.

I love that they together created the new face for the spirit of Ireland. I love Henry Merritt's analysis which sees Cathleen as a vampire. Wow!
Maureen Kudlik
Feb 23, 2013 Maureen Kudlik rated it it was amazing
The battle cry for any Irish Revival artist/follower. Produces a love for Ireland and introduces Cathleen, the daughter of Houlihan who becomes the symbol for Ireland, herself. Moving, powerful and written for the Abbey Theatre.
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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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