The Major Works

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Literary Collections - 572 pages
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This authoritative edition was first published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Yeats's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by plays, critical writings, and letters - to give the essence of his work and thinking. W. B. Yeats was born in 1865, only 38 years after the death of William Blake, and died in 1939, the contemporary of Ezra Pound and James Joyce. His career crossed two centuries, and this volume represents the full range of his achievement, from the Romantic early poems of Crossways and the symbolist masterpiece The Wind Among the Reeds to his last poems. Myth and folk-tale influence both his poems and his plays, represented here by Cathleen ni Houlihan and Deirdre among others. The importance of the spirit world to his life and work is evident in his critical essays and occult writings, and the anthology also contains political speeches, autobiographical writings, and a selection of his letters. This one-volume collection of poems and prose offers a unique perspective on the connectedness of Yeats's literary output, showing how his aesthetic, spiritual, and political development was reflected in everything he wrote.
 

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Contents

Sixteen Dead Men 87
570
Song A 66
20
Moods The
27
Faroff most secret and inviolate Rose
33
Never Give all the Heart
36
Acre of Grass An 156
37
On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac 113
43
On Those that Hated The Playboy of the Western World 1907
54
Those Dancing Days are Gone
141
I am of Ireland
142
He stood among a crowd at Drumahair 22
151
Parnell
162
Cuchulain Comforted
170
In Memory of Eva GoreBooth and Con Markievicz 120
171
How can I that girl standing there
181
Cuchulains Fight with the Sea 14
489

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56
That the Night Come
58
On Woman
67
Her Praise
69
There 150
99
Her Vision in the Wood 145
117
Crazy Jane on the Mountain 165
136
After Long Silence
140

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Edward Larrissy is at University of Leeds.

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