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Yeats and Violence (Clarendon Lectures in English) Hardcover – 24 Jun 2010


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In all, it is a worthy classroom text for opening up discussion, for beginning Yeatss work, providing contexts for analysis, and enabling a community of interpretation. Lively and lucid, it moves along at a steady pace and sustains interest for the most part despite the aforementioned moments of over-labour. In all, this is a wide-ranging, sometimes eccentric, but irrefutably passionate, penetrating, and personal tribute from one reader to a poem and a poet that we will never exhaust. (Maria Johnston, Years Work in English Studies)

Truly exhilarating (Times Literary Supplement, Paul Muldoon's Book of The Year 3/12/2010)

Wood commits himself to detailed reading and careful interpretation of poetry; and the more of this he engages in, the less Yeats seems a mere literary manifestation of theoretical models of "violence". (Peter McDonald, Times Literary Supplement)

the reader is immersed in a range of lively arguments (New Yorker)

Wood's criticism is exuberantly characterful, adventurous in its scholarship, and greedily, giddily speculative (Leo Robson, New Statesman)

About the Author

Michael Wood was born and educated in England but has worked for much of his life in the United States, first at Columbia University and then at Princeton. He has written books on Luis Buñuel, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, and Gabriel García Márquez, as well as The Road to Delphi, a study of the ancient and continuing allure of oracles. Among his other works are America in the Movies and Children of Silence. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a member of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books. His most recent book is Literature and the Taste of Knowledge. He is the editor of Edward Said's posthumous Late Style: Musicand Literature against the Grain (2006).

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HASH(0x920d8834) out of 5 stars Great on Yeats 4 Sept. 2013
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This book should be a must read for lovers of the poems of William Butler Yeats. Michael Woods uses Yeats' poem "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen" to analyze the various forms of violence in Yeats' writings. The poem was written and published in 1921 at the beginning of the Irish Civil War and the events of this struggle seem to have affected Yeats even more than the recent strife of the First World War. Each chapter in the book is taken from the set of Clarendon Lectures Woods delivered in 2008. The range of sources is wide, including the early twentieth century Russian poetry of Alexander Blok.
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