Running to Paradise: Yeats's Poetic Art / Edition 1

Running to Paradise: Yeats's Poetic Art / Edition 1

by M. L. Rosenthal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195113918

ISBN-13: 9780195113914

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Running to Paradise, M.L. Rosenthal, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most important critics of twentieth-century poetry," leads us through the lyric poetry and poetic drama of our century's greatest poet in English. His readings shed new, vivid light on Yeats's daring uses of tradition, his love poetry, and the way he faced the

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In Running to Paradise, M.L. Rosenthal, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most important critics of twentieth-century poetry," leads us through the lyric poetry and poetic drama of our century's greatest poet in English. His readings shed new, vivid light on Yeats's daring uses of tradition, his love poetry, and the way he faced the often tragic realities of revolution and civil war. Running to Paradise describes Yeats's whole effort—sometimes leavened by wild humor—to convey, with high poetic integrity, his passionate sense of his own life and of his chaotic era.
Himself a noted poet, Rosenthal stresses Yeats's artistry and psychological candor. The book ranges from his early exquisite lyrical poems and folklore-rooted plays, through the tougher-minded, more confessional mature work (including the sublime achievement of The Tower), and then to the sometimes "mad" yet often brilliant tragic or comic writing of his last years. Quoting extensively from Yeats, Rosenthal charts the gathering force with which the poet confronted his major life-issues: his art's demands, his persistent but hopeless love for one woman, the complexities of marriage to another woman at age 52, and his distress during Ireland's "Troubles." Yeats's deep absorption in female sensibility, in the cycles of history and human thought, and in supernaturalism and "the dead" comes strongly into play as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113914
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1260L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
I Early Poems (with Some Glances Ahead)
3(32)
1. Before 1900
3(18)
2. 1900 to 1904
21(14)
II Early Drama (with Some Glances Ahead)
35(45)
1. Before 1900 vis-a-vis The Hour-Glass and Calvary
35(18)
2. The Land of Heart's Desire and Plays of 1900 to 1908
53(27)
III Poetry of Transition I (1910-1914)
80(21)
1. The Green Helmet and Other Poems
80(21)
2. Responsibilities
101(19)
IV Drama of Transition and the Cuchulain Cycle
120(51)
1. The Dreaming of the Bones and Plays of the 1920s
120(15)
2. The Cuchulain Plays and Poems
135(36)
V Poetry of Transition II (1914-1919)
171
[The Wild Swans at Coole and Michael Robartes and the Dancer]
VI The Tower
217(46)
VII Drama of the 1930s
264(34)
VIII Poetry after The Tower
298(1)
1. The Winding Stair and Other Poems
298(26)
2. From Parnell's Funeral through Last Poems
324(31)
Index 355

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