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Yeats was to explore several more sides of himself, and of Ireland, before his Last Poems of 1938-39. Many are difficult, some snobbish, others occult and spiritualist. As Brendan Kennelly writes, Yeats "produces both poppycock and sublimity in verse, sometimes closely together." On the other hand, many prophetic masterworks are poppycock-free--for example, "The Second Coming" ("Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...") and such inquiries into inspiration as "Among School Children" ("O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?"). And at his best, Yeats extends the meaning of love poetry beyond the obviously romantic: love becomes a revolutionary emotion, attaching the poet to friends, history, and the passionate life of the mind.
Highly recommended, for poetry lovers and those with only a passing interest.
There's nothing better than unwinding from a long day by sitting down with a hot cup of tea (or nice glass of wine) and reading poetry.
Yeats lives in the minds of most lovers of great modern poetry through lines of incredible beauty.
This item met the standards for its category. This item was in the condition for which it was advertised. Thank you.Published 8 months ago by Vincent Thomas Howard
Compared to all the books I reviewed, I thought this did the best job of presenting Yeats most famous works in logical sequence. I could see him maturing as a writer over time.Published 15 months ago by Nicole Bahr
The book arrived extraordinarily early, and arrived in pristine and superb condition. The poems that have been encompassed are simply amazing! Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Lia
I haven't yet read all of it, but I ordered it because it's beautiful, classic poetry. I am quite happy with the book.Published on August 19, 2011 by Diane S. Akacich