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The Poetry of W.B. Yeats
     

The Poetry of W.B. Yeats

by Michael Faherty
 

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As W. H. Auden said to the ghost of Yeats in his famous elegy, when he died 'he became his admirers'. Not even Auden could have imagined just how prophetic that phrase would become. The battle over both Yeats' life and his poetry began almost immediately after his death, with some sides proudly claiming him as one of their very own, while others insisted he had never

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As W. H. Auden said to the ghost of Yeats in his famous elegy, when he died 'he became his admirers'. Not even Auden could have imagined just how prophetic that phrase would become. The battle over both Yeats' life and his poetry began almost immediately after his death, with some sides proudly claiming him as one of their very own, while others insisted he had never really been one of them at all.

To what tradition does Yeats belong? To what culture? Was he Irish or Anglo-Irish, or even English? Was he a Romantic, Symbolist or Modernist poet? A nationalist, fascist or a postnationalist? This Guide follows the often heated debates on who Yeats was and what kind of poetry he wrote. Michael Faherty offers selections from the leading voices in these debates, setting them in the context of Irish cultural and political history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403911377
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
03/02/2005
Series:
Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL FAHERTY is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at De Montfort University, UK.

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