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 included are "The Stolen Child" and "Down by the Salley Gardens" (Crossways, 1889); "To the Rose upon the Rood of Time," "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "When You Are Old," and "To Ireland in the Coming Times" (The Rose, 1893); "The Song of Wandering Aengus" and "A Poet to His Beloved" (The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899); "The Song of Red Hanrahan" (In the Seven Woods, 1903); "No Second Troy" and "The Fascination of What's Difficult" (The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910); "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing" and "To a Shade" (Responsibilities, 1914); and many more. This representative selection offers readers a splendid sampling of the distinctive Yeatsian voice — romantic, yearning, full of the magic and mysticism Yeats imbibed as a boy in the West of Ireland, later counterbalanced by an anguished realism grounded in the poet's nationalistic and political sympathies.
"A terrible beauty is born," observed the greatest modern Irish poet after his country's 1916 Easter Rebellion against the British. This streak of proud nationalism, interwoven with elements of Celtic lore and mysticism, and infused with a hard-earned wisdom, makes Yeats's works resonate to this day. His career spanned five decades, earning him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, and he is widely regarded as the finest English-language poet of the twentieth century.This volume contains a rich selection of poems from Yeat's mature work, including all the poems from The Wild Swans at Coole (1919) and Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921). These memorable verses, embodying subtlety and objectivity in language of stark beauty and simplicity, offer a cross-section of Yeat's multifaceted poetic production.In addition to the famous title poem, the works collected here include the oft-quoted "The Second Coming" as well as "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," "The Wild Swans at Coole," "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory," "Under the Round Tower," "Michael Robartes and the Dancer," "The Rose Tree," "A Prayer for My Daughter," "A Meditation in Time of War," and many more.
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In Irish Folk and Fairy Tales William Butler Yeats delivers a vast collection of stories, songs, and poetry of his home country and beloved Ireland's historical and legendary past. These writings helped secure for Yeats' recognition as a leading proponent of Irish nationalism and Irish cultural independence, and to also help Yeats spearhead the Irish Literary Revival. Originally published in two separate books near the end of the nineteenth century, these tales preserve a rich and charming heritage in a superbly authentic Irish voice.
In this volume, extraordinary Irish characters are brought to life through the incandescent poetic voice of W.B. Yeats, who as the first Irish writer to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 1923. Born and educated in Dublin, from an early age Yeats was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult, which are brilliantly visited in Irish Folk and Fairy Tales.
These legendary stories include Trooping Fairies, a Banshee, Kings and Queens, Giants, Devils and the enigmatic Irish Leprechaun that will delight and entertain readers of all ages. Poets, readers, children and adults will all fall in love with these classic Irish Folk and Fairy Tales from one of the world's greatest poets, W. B. Yeats.
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