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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Butler Yeats Narrator: Stephanie Beacham, Gabriel Byrne, Minnie Driver Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unspecified Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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William Butler Yeats's early poetry is suffused with the radiant lyricism of Irish folklore and myth; the yearning romance and distinctly Irish voice of these first works of the Nobel laureate have inspired scores of poets. This splendid selection offers a distinctive sampling of the Yeatsian voice.

Among the many famed works included are The Stolen Child,The Everlasting Voices, Reconciliation, and The Song of the Wandering Aengus. Each of these poems is filled with the sparkling magic and mysticism Yeats absorbed as a boy in Ireland. This sweetness is juxtaposed against an anguished realism grounded in the master poet's nationalist and political sympathies.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus Cone | 8/24/2009

    " Love the late poems. I always come back to Yeats "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/11/2008

    " My favorite poem: Vacillation, Part IV. I loved the autobiographical writings, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Risa | 7/12/2001

    " "The Yeats Reader: A Portable Compendium of Poetry, Drama, and Prose by W. B. Yeats (1997)" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/23/2000

    " Read parts of this for my freshmen year Intro to Irish Lit class. The verdict's still out on what I really think of Yeats - hope to elaborate on that thought process in the future. Sometimes he speaks to me, and sometimes I don't have a clue what he's writing or why he wrote it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 9/14/2000

    " five stars for yeats, but the organization of this book is less than desirable. any good editor of poetry will include an index of first lines to make your searching easier. "

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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).