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.