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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Press (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406904422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406904420
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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COSIMO CLASSICS offers distinctive titles by the great authors and thinkers who have inspired, informed and engaged readers throughout the ages.

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About the Author

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Great Book, a lot of information in it.
Draugmith
The Celtic belief that death (into Faeryland)is far more desirable than birth is made beautifully apparent in this book.
Daniel Myers
Very interesting and not something I would have chosen otherwise but am glad that serendipity sent it to me.
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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Myers VINE VOICE on January 27, 2001
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When Robert Frost (A not very likable fellow, when you read his biographies, despite his excellent poetry.) visited Yeats in Ireland, he made a comment to the effect that, "It's no wonder he believes in faeries." He was responding to the beautiful, mystical Irish landscape Yeats grew up in. This book, even though you're (probably) not in Ireland when you read it, will have you responding much as Frost did. The peasantry have so much of their pagan ancestry in their blood that, despite their ostensible Catholicism, their deep belief in "the little people" comes out as strong as ever when questioned about it. Reading these anecdotes, some of them grafted directly onto Yeats' early poetry, gives them a power they would not have had you not read this book and realized how "here and now" faeryland was to the common people at the time. The Celtic belief that death (into Faeryland)is far more desirable than birth is made beautifully apparent in this book. Hence, by the way, the celebratory Irish wake. Hence also this lovely poem
Heardst thou not sweet words among That Heaven-resounding minstrelsy? Heardst thou not that those who die Awake in a world of ecstacy? That love, when limbs are interwoven, And sleep when the night of life is cloven, And thought, to the world's dim boudaries clinging, And music, when one beloved is singing, Is death?
These sorts of things, as well as Yeats' poetry, are worth deep consideration in this present world where medicine is deemed omnipotent...and yet, nevertheless, we all die.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2011
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A wonderful addition to my kindle; I can read bits and pieces of it throughout the week and the beauty and lyricism follow me. If you're into Celtic lit, Irish stories/poems, fairy stories, it's all here. Not new age stuff, but the tried and true classics by a master poet.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Kovach on March 15, 2011
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Although I started to read this book for research purposes I fell in love with the prose. It give you a taste of the old Gaelic Irish flavor with stimulating imagery. Read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ocean on March 30, 2014
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...and Yeats deserves a multitude of stars. This fact makes the army of typos throughout this Kindle version of The Celtic Twilight all the more unforgivable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mcbaine1 on March 24, 2013
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A Classic for poetry lovers, it takes me back to a younger time in a flowing river of arranged words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Mortimer on March 7, 2014
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A fine example of the Celtic storytelling tradition. The spoken tongue is translated to page by the talents of Yeats in this old collection of Irish tales. Yeats is a joy to read and the stories captured in the pages are a treasure trove showing the influence of the pagan world on a culture moving toward modernity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Durtschi on March 9, 2012
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I don't know if this counts as "mythology", but to me it read like Irish pub tales, told by people that are steeped in classic Celtic Mythology. All of the short tales here are told from the unique perspective of the older generations living in the modern world and trying to make sense of all this using many of the motifs in classic mythology. Many of the stories feature Fairies, which are the cornerstone of Celtic Folklore. I was actually surprised that in many of the stories the Fairies aren't portrayed as being "good" but more mischievousness and sometimes just down right nasty. All the short tales here are rich and full of character and Yeats brings these tales to life using as much gusto as he can exert in a 5-10 page tale. Its a pretty short book and a quick read, and my only gripe is that some of the tales were too short and didn't make a lot of sense. But, I assume that is to be expected when you pub crawl all night looking for tall tales from old drunken Irish folk. 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holmes on February 13, 2012
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It is no wonder when reading why the Irish are master story tellers. I read this because I am a fan of Yeats, and having traveled to Ireland found myself reading more and more of his work. I discovered Yeats while in Ireland and having crossed paths with "Stolen Child." From there I began to read his "Myths and Fairy Tales" and so on and so forth. His simple and elegant style combined with the images and lifestyle of peasantry serve an amazing sample of Celtic/Irish poetry and lit. Yeats is certainly a master of his craft, and having this and his other works on my Kindle is perhaps the best way to drift off to sleep.
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