A Reader's Guide to William Butler Yeats / Edition 1

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Overview

The poetry of William Butler Yeats presents unusual problems for the general reader. Yeats drew heavily upon mystical and theosophical systems of a more or less arcane nature. Moreover, he often referred to events in his own life and in the history of modern Ireland which require elucidition for the non-specialist. A Reader's Guide to William Butler Yeats not only provides the background needed for an understanding of the works but also reveals the structure of images and meanings of the various lyrics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815603405
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Reader's Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 992,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Major Themes
The Use of Biography 7
The Doctrine of the Mask 15
Systems: Occult and Visionary 18
The Structure of a Poem 29
Images, Metaphors, and Literary Systems 32
The Great Design 43
II The Poems
1. The Wanderings of Oisin 47
2. Crossways 67
3. The Rose 75
4. The Wind Among the Reeds 87
5. In the Seven Woods 96
6. From 'The Green Helmet and Other Poems' 102
7. Responsibilities 112
8. The Wild Swans at Coole 130
9. Michael Robartes and the Dancer 157
10. The Tower 169
11. The Winding Stair 200
12. From 'A Full Moon in March' 241
13. Last Poems 255
A Yeats Chronology 296
Suggestions for Further Reading 301
Index 302
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