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Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose (Norton Critical Editions) 0th Edition

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James Pethica has taught at Williams College and at the University of Richmond. Currently a Fellow at the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College, he is at work on the authorized biography of Lady Gregory.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393974979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393974973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book, produced with excellent quality. While it isn't the most complete anthology in the world as far as his poems are concerned (for this reason The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Volume I by Finneran is a much better choice), the prose found within the book are excellent. Another thing worth noting is the lengthily essays by other well known authors which tend to either be criticisms or praise for Mr. Yeats, truly magnificent in that department! Again, the focus of this anthology is much different from other supremely divine works (such as the one previously mentioned).
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There are by this time many collections of the works of Yeats, and this is one of the good ones. Aside from containing the major plays and poems it has critical essays by contemporaries of Yeats and important critical voices of our own time, such as Helen Vendler, Harold Bloom, and the poet Seamus Heaney.

As for the work itself, however historically important the plays, and however of curiosity value 'The Autobiography' and other prose writings the Yeats that lives is in the poetry.

It is that lyrical greatness the power of song manifested early on which later was deepened into even greater poetry. From 'Innisfee' and "Song of the Wandering Aengus ' to the poetry of 'Byzantium' and 'Among the Schoolchildren'.

The great lines, a small sample of which follows"

And we will wander hand in hand / through hollow lands and hily lands/

And pluck till time and times are done/ The silver apples of the moon/ The golden apples of the sun/

"We must lie down where all the ladders start/ in the foul rag and bone shop of the heart."

" The best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity"

"But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you/ and loved the sorrows of your changing face."
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A lovely collection of Yeats's work. I purchased this for a college class but ended up thoroughly enjoying it and keeping it for my personal library.
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There is nothing wrong with this book if you want to read some poems, 4 plays, prose, critical writings, and criticism from some of Yeats's contemporaries.
(Some critical writings were published as late as 1997)

But if his poetry is what you wish to read, including earlier items and other lesser poetry that Yeats composed late in life, then, instead, may I suggest you buy his 'Collected Works, Vol. 1 : The Poems' ?
And with this book, also buy 'Our Secret Discipline - Yeats and Lyric Form', which was written by Helen Vendler.

Together, they are complete, and a reader will be wiser, but, unfortunately, poorer.

PS I have many Norton books in this series - the volumes on Byron and Keats are supreme ... and Shelley's is another matter, entirely - but Yeats needs elaboration by one fine and wordy modern critic.
(And Helen's wordy.)
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