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SELECTED POETRY (German) Paperback – 1974

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PAN (1974)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 0330241990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330241991
  • ASIN: B000JVW4AO
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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This selection of the works of W B Yeats, includes the final book from the unfairly neglected narrative poem "The Wanderings of Oisin" and a number of lyrics from Yeats' work as poetic dramatist. It breaks new ground by allowing the reader to engage with a dozen poems in alternative versions; in many other cases it provides significant variants, so that Yeats's struggle to revise his poetry can be experienced with unusual immediacy.

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It is often said that there is 'nothing new under the sun.' That is true, but few wordsmiths have been able to lay bear the certainties and doubts that bedevil mankind.

Yeats was such a man: there is beauty here, and disgust and humour at man's condition.
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Excellent introduction on Yeats' overall view of Poetry 30 Mar. 2014
By Shalom Freedman - Published on
Format: Paperback
In his introduction to this work Timothy Webb provides an overall view of Yeats view of the poetic art. He explains how Poetry for Yeats was a matter of 'hidden revelation'. It was the creating of a poetic identity, often through the use of masks and alter egos. It was the use of the forms of Tradition which were deliberately crafted into Art. Yeats was a great reviser of his own poems and Webb tries to give the reader a sense of the variants. Yeats compared the work of the poet to the craftsman, and to the work of the stone- breaking and re-shaping workmen of the world. He resented that this work was considered a form of idleness by many when he himself believed it to be the hardest work of all. Yeats was a poet of the ideal, and the confession of an individual was to him inadequate basis for poetry. Instead that individual had to be transformed often through connection with mythological personalities. The sense of magic and wonder reflected by Yeats also relate to his idea of the poet as a kind of alchemist who makes verses out of his own 'phantasmagoria'. This present edition strikes a good balance between those which simply present the poems and those which are for scholars primarily.
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