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The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats includes all of the poems authorized by Yeats for inclusion in his standard canon. Breathtaking in range, it encompasses the entire arc of his career, from luminous reworkings of ancient Irish myths and legends to passionate meditations on the demands and rewards of youth and old age, from exquisite, ocasionally whimsical songs of love, nature, and art to somber and angry poems of life in a nation torn by war and uprising.  In observing the development of rich and recurring images and themes over the course of his body of work, we can trace the quest of this century's greatest poet to unite intellect and artistry in a single magnificent vision.

Revised and corrected, this edition includes Yeats's own notes on his poetry, complemented by explanatory notes from esteemed Yeats scholar Richard J. Finneran.  The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats is the most comprehensive edition of one of the world's most beloved poets available.

Topics: Mythology, Magic, Love, War, Politics, Unrequited Love, Mystical, Inspirational, Lyrical, Poetry, Modernism, Symbolism, and Anthology

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a great collection!
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Yeats moves in my thoughts and in my life everyday. I have two battered collections of his poems, the first given me by a now dead friend. Who else has such music, or such passion?more
Beautiful. I regularly return to this collection and reread them at random, out loud, to savor the language - a sign of poetry done right.more
One of the most powerful voices in English-language poetry of the twentieth century. Lots of symbolism, some of it is quite arcane, but much is easily accessible.more
Yeats has a knack for approaching emotions and situations obliquely and obscurely at first, and yet somehow hitting them right on by the time he's through. A perfect subtlety, dancing on the thin line between pathos and authenticity.more
The Spirits talked through Yeats' wife while she was in a trance-like state. Not for someone who is looking for a quick Astrology fix. How many voters know much, if anything, about Yeats' background in Magick, etc. That he shows up in one of Crowley's novels as the decidedly inferior poet Gates. That he and the Great Beast had 'psychic skirmishes. That he proposed to Maude Gonne several times and was turned down repeatedly. He even proposed to Gonne's daugter Iseult He became a randy old goat after a late start.more
From his early Romantic poems to his later more visionary verse ensnared in occult and spritual symbolism, Yeats body of work is indispensable for any student of poetry. A cornerstone of Ireland's literary tradition.more
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a great collection!
more
Yeats moves in my thoughts and in my life everyday. I have two battered collections of his poems, the first given me by a now dead friend. Who else has such music, or such passion?more
Beautiful. I regularly return to this collection and reread them at random, out loud, to savor the language - a sign of poetry done right.more
One of the most powerful voices in English-language poetry of the twentieth century. Lots of symbolism, some of it is quite arcane, but much is easily accessible.more
Yeats has a knack for approaching emotions and situations obliquely and obscurely at first, and yet somehow hitting them right on by the time he's through. A perfect subtlety, dancing on the thin line between pathos and authenticity.more
The Spirits talked through Yeats' wife while she was in a trance-like state. Not for someone who is looking for a quick Astrology fix. How many voters know much, if anything, about Yeats' background in Magick, etc. That he shows up in one of Crowley's novels as the decidedly inferior poet Gates. That he and the Great Beast had 'psychic skirmishes. That he proposed to Maude Gonne several times and was turned down repeatedly. He even proposed to Gonne's daugter Iseult He became a randy old goat after a late start.more
From his early Romantic poems to his later more visionary verse ensnared in occult and spritual symbolism, Yeats body of work is indispensable for any student of poetry. A cornerstone of Ireland's literary tradition.more
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