The Celtic Twilight

The Celtic Twilight

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by William Butler Yeats
     
 

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One of the most famous poets of the 20th century, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was so popular and renowned during his time that he was the leader of what came to be known as the Irish Literary Revival, on the strength of his short stories and vivid poetry. Eventually it would lead to his winning a Nobel Prize in 1923. It's no surprise that Ireland loved its…  See more details below

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One of the most famous poets of the 20th century, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was so popular and renowned during his time that he was the leader of what came to be known as the Irish Literary Revival, on the strength of his short stories and vivid poetry. Eventually it would lead to his winning a Nobel Prize in 1923. It's no surprise that Ireland loved its home grown son; the Nobel Prize Committee credited him for "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation."
Before Yeats won awards, his interest in spirituality and folklore drove him to write at length about Irish mythology and the occult before the turn of the 20th century. In many ways, it was Yeats who popularized the characters of Celtic mythology and medieval Irish folklore for contemporaneous audiences. The Celtic Twilight is one of his best-known collections of prose. He professes the firm belief in the realitiy of Fairies, who have considerable impact on his life, and the lives of all the Irish. On its own, this collection is a great overview of Celtic Fairy folklore.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484860687
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/02/2013
Pages:
66
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.14(d)

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William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 - 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet 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. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). Yeats was a very good friend of American expatriate poet and Bollingen Prize laureate Ezra Pound. Yeats wrote the introduction for Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali, which was published by the India Society.

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The Celtic Twilight 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Paradeus More than 1 year ago
Though sadly neglected, this book is of great importance to the study of folklore. It is brilliantly told by one of the greatest poets. He compiled it from the tales of many people in Ireland and forged it into a memorable, haunting, and important book. Read it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the info this book provides. Well worth reading.
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