Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination

Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination

by David Pierce
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Yale University Press

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Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination

Interweaving biography, criticism, and history, David Pierce follows the life of Ireland's leading poet from his birth in Dublin in 1865 to his death in the south of France in 1939. Enriched with a wide range of illustrative material, including specially commissioned photographs, this absorbing new study provides a fresh perspective on Yeats, attending as much to his English contexts as his Irish ones and to the preoccupations of his art.

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ISBN-13: 9780300063233
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/25/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Between Extremities1
Yeats's Family in Sligo7
John Butler Yeats20
Sligo and Landscape24
2 Yeats's Female Daimon31
Early Interest in the Occult31
The Speckled Bird42
The Automatic Writing Sessions53
3 Yeats and Cultural Nationalism63
The Ballad Poetry of Ireland66
The Case of William Allingham Re-Examined75
Standish James O'Grady, the Fenian Unionist80
John O'Leary and the Fenian Tradition85
4 Yeats and 1890s London95
William Morris95
London Clubland101
Journals and Journalism112
The Celt in London122
5 Yeats and the AbbeyTheatre133
In the Making133
Early Years at the Abbey143
An UnpopularTheatre158
6 Yeats during the First World War166
September 1913166
August 1914175
Easter 1916183
October 1917194
7 Yeats in the 1920s201
Family Man201
The Widening Gyre210
The Irish Senator217
A Vision223
8 Yeats in the 1930s231
Rapallo 231
Lady Gregory and Coole235
The Fascist Charge242
Memory and Imagination249
Last Affair in Sussex and Death in France260
Appendix 1 Chronology of the Life and Times of W. B. Yeats310
Appendix 2 Dramatis Personae in Yeats's Life and Work317
Further Reading337

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