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Early Poems

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One of the greatest poets of any century, the Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) drew upon Irish folklore and myth as inspiration for much of his early poetry. Mythic themes as well as many other topics are masterfully explored in this rich selection of 134 lyrics chiefly selected from six volumes of verse published between 1889 and 1914. Among the poems inclu ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 23rd 1993 by Dover Publications
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J. Alfred
May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sooooo good. Yeats has the power to make you take part in this murky, sad watercolored sort of magic world and mythology.
What does this Fergus character have to do with "all disheveled wandering stars"? The heck if I know! But I'm pretty sure I love it.

Also: (Check check it)

A wild and foolish laborer is a king,
To do and do and do, and never dream.

Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams,
Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
Michael Palkowski
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Infinitely quotable and enjoyable, incorporating the juxtaposition of Irish slang and everyday life with formulaic poetic form. The book is brilliantly sectioned and shows a precocious development in structure among other things too exhaustive to discuss.

"His eyelids droop, his head falls low
His old eyes cloud with dreams;
The sun upon all things that grow
Pours round in sleepy streams"
Patricia Murphy
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
My favorites:

"To Some I Have Talked with by Fire":

but the loud beat/
Of their long wings, the flash of their white feet.

"The Song of Wandering Aengus":

And walk among the dappled grass
And pluck till time and times are one
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

"Mongan Laments that Change That Has Come upon Him and His Beloved":

Do you not hear me calling, white deer with no horns?
I have been changed to a hound with one red ear.

"The Arrow"

There's no man may look upon her, no man
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
I adore Yeats's poetry. There is just something charming and magical about it.

I was first introduced to the work of Yeats by the music of Loreena McKennitt where she would put music to his words like "Stolen Child" and "Down by the Salley Gardens." But so many of his other poems have themes and lines that are just as beautiful.

I especially loved "Fergus and the Druid," "The Rose of Peace," and "When You Are Old."

There's an otherworldliness to his poetry. It's from a completely other time where
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, nobel-prize
I enjoyed most of these poems. If you enjoy Irish mythology and folklore check out Yeats.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
He's a fav. The earlier, the better imo. Later stuff was okay.
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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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