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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Butler Yeats Narrator: William Butler Yeats, Siobhan McKenna Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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A wonderful selection of Yeats' finest work, read by the author himself along with Siobhan McKenna and others.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Hurley | 2/14/2014

    " You don't have to believe in Yeats's peculiar metaphysics to love his poetry. At his best, he is clear, direct, and entirely understandable. And when he does lapse into the opaque, the sound of his language is so transcendent that you can well allow the meaning to slip a little. My three-poet desert island library has room for Willy, right alongside Chaucer and Shakespeare. What a blessing for the English-speaking world that Yeats's nationalist fervor never took him to the point of writing Irish! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rasp Thorne | 2/9/2014

    " Anyone interested in the human condition needs to read this. You witnes the progresion o f a sensitve, ideal, romantic youg man become gradually stripped of all he held on his pedestal and have to continually re-invent himself to stay afloat. It's all in here. The hope and degradatoin of love and lovers, the progression and regressions of a poverty struck Ireland with wars and terrorism, mysticism and the disappointment it brings, blood, guts and even some t&a. So what he flirted with facism and eugenics in his final years? For his almost 6 decades of service and labor to poetry, philosophy and beauty I think we can allow the old aristocrat some faults. I suggest starteing with "The Wind in the Reeds" and reading it straight through. Yeats is a genius in the true sense, he had to make himself one through labor, patience and grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Dougherty | 2/5/2014

    " I always keep a copy of this in my car. I love Yeat's poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Noce | 2/5/2014

    " One of the greatest poets to ever live! And Irish to boot:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/31/2014

    " A fantastic collection of poems by one of my favorite poets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/31/2014

    " Yeats is awesome. My favorite volume is Last Poems, which I still love very much despite having to pore over it with a microscope for a class presentation I recently gave in grad school. Reading Yeats makes me want to start pretending to write poetry again, and it also confirms my suspicion that most of the best poetry criticism can be found in great poetry, not critical essays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/26/2014

    " I felt this might deserve closer to 3 1/2 stars. As with Frost, but a little better in my opinion, Yeats has a lot of neat imagery, but only a few poems really stand out. Yet, the few that do would be among my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/18/2014

    " I know Yeats is considered a Master of poetry...but I have a difficult time getting into his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Kudlik | 1/18/2014

    " Yeats' prose and poetry are beautiful. It is difficult for me to analyze them, or to deconstruct the language...they are too perfect together....his words flowing from the page to the heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/14/2014

    " Och, just gorgeous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iona | 12/20/2013

    " If I ever get a tattoo, I guarantee that it will be part of a W.B Yeats poem. Just because. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/20/2013

    " I love me some Yeats! ; ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 12/14/2013

    " "the night and the light and the half-light" *swoon* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan Marlowe | 12/8/2013

    " Yeats was THE poet of his generation. Read this to know why. His poems are beautiful, timeless and important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Lundeen | 11/21/2013

    " So rating this seems silly and presumptuous, but there it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 10/4/2013

    " You really can't beat Yeats. A must for every poetry lover's shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Butler | 9/26/2013

    " Essential to understanding not only the Irish but all humanity...The greatest poet of all time hands down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 9/20/2013

    " "There was a man whom sorrow named his friend..." "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold..." "Tread softly because you tread on my dreams..." "All changed, changed utterly: a terrible beauty is born..." "For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 8/7/2013

    " Read some in college, more on the trip around Ireland with Sandy, and more ever since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 1/22/2013

    " Fave poet. Hands Down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis | 12/20/2012

    " One of my favorite poets "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 12/15/2012

    " Reading Yeats is like playing Russian roulette with your emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/25/2012

    " So many favorite poems -- too many to name. What a passionate man; what a master of language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/20/2012

    " 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? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Loveland | 9/7/2012

    " Most of the poems in this collection are aesthetically simplistic (excluding the ones about gyres!) which is quite a nice contrast with Ezra Pound and TS Eliot. Yet, nonetheless, this poetry is as genuine and heartfelt as you can get. A must-read for all fans of excellent poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 12/13/2011

    " Love! Death! Violence! Beauty! History! Bliss! Bitterness! Nature! Romanticism! Theosophy! The Irish! Gyres! All in a single poem's work for ol' W.B. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 9/19/2011

    " My favorite Yeats poem is "For Anne Gregory." A lot of the poems he wrote were about faeries and war and love, etc. I was glad I read it, and it is great to have it around for a reference, even if he is not my favorite poet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 7/9/2011

    " The beauty of Yeats poetry goes without saying, as does his impact on my view of poetry as a genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfredo | 5/21/2011

    " IF I COULD KEEP ONLY ONE BOOK OF POETRY WRITTEN IN THE 20TH CENTURY, THIS WOULD BE IT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SarahElektra | 3/17/2011

    " One of my favourite books of Irish poetry ever...even if one of my cats chewed one of the corners of the hardback years ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annemarlene | 2/5/2011

    " Wonderful to read in chronological order to see his progression of writing styles and subjects. I like his early and very late stuff best rather than the middle crazy ramblings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/1/2011

    " I felt this might deserve closer to 3 1/2 stars. As with Frost, but a little better in my opinion, Yeats has a lot of neat imagery, but only a few poems really stand out. Yet, the few that do would be among my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 1/30/2011

    " Yeats just didn't resonate with me. When I read this a number of years ago, it was something of a slog for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/25/2011

    " Collectively, I enjoy reading poems written by Yeats because the topics of his poems are flexible and diverse, ranging from politics, to love, and nature. As a writer, being able to write on several topics and touch on many genres is very important, so I find Yeats to be a great influence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valissa | 11/3/2010

    " "Hearing him groan and stretch
    The doll-maker's wife is aware
    Her husband has heard the wretch,
    And crouched by the arm of his chair,
    She murmurs into his ear
    Head upon shoulder leant:
    'My dear, my dear, O dear,
    It was an accident.' " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 robert | 9/11/2010

    " was I supposed to learn anythin'? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaworu | 8/2/2010

    " Beautiful. I regularly return to this collection and reread them at random, out loud, to savor the language - a sign of poetry done right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 7/4/2010

    " I'm unable to say how I feel about Yeats' poetry because it puts me in another world - which is to say a world that isn't this world. When I read it, everything is as beautiful as his language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 6/20/2010

    " I always keep a copy of this in my car. I love Yeat's poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola | 6/17/2010

    " Tread softly because you tread on my dreams <3

    Love love love love love all of Yeats' work. "

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About the Author

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist. Born and educated in Dublin, he studied poetry in his youth and, from an early age, was fascinated by Irish legend and the occult. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. He is generally considered one of the twentieth century’s key English language poets. He was a Symbolist poet, in that he used allusive imagery and symbolic structures throughout his career. In 1923 he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” He was the first Irishman so honored. He is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929).