The Collected Poems of W.B.Yeats (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library) Paperback – Sep 1 2000
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Beyond that, why should anyone buy this edition as opposed to any of the other available? First, the collected poems gives you a sense of his development and interests, not just the highlights of his greates poems. Second, and more importantly, this edition is well-annotated. The notes are thorough without being unduly interpretive--they tell you what an allusion refers to, not how it affects the meaning of the poem. The notes aim to be useful to any reader, regardless of background. As a result, western readers will come across odd sounding notes such as "Jesus Christ is the founder of Christianity" or "Hamlet is the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name." Still, you'll be thankful for such prosaic entries as they explain Irish myth and locate historical allusions. All in all, it's an edition that belongs on any poetry lover's shelf.
Shame on Amazon!
(But hey, if Sodom120--from Louisiana, no less--says these poems are "mediocre," then what do I, the worldwide poetry-reading public, generations of succeeding poets, and the Nobel committee know?)
Some time later, I read his poems again and felt deceived. They were whimsical, immature, unfinished. I could not understand why he was so highly praised. Whenever somebody told me he/she liked Yeats, I felt an embarrassment. I wondered if I had failed Yeats or if he was the deceiver.
However, when I approached him for the third time, I had a strange experience I can only compare with reading Nietzsche. I read a line or two, they seem too simple and crude. I read them a second time, they become opaque. A third time, they yield and I feel as if playing with a caleidoscope. Now at least I am wiser; I know I will be profoundly touched, annoyed and bored in turns, but I also know I will always return to Yeats, because a quarrel with him is better than a constant love for another poet.
Finneran's edition includes this poem in context, in its order in the development of Yeats's work. Read it as Yeat meant it to be read: followed by his equally great poem "A Prayer for my Daughter," where he offers hope in the beauty and innocence of personal ceremony. In a crowded, generic time, Yeats's poems are themselves ceremonies.
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A very good edition of Yeats' poems, which was bought second hand from World of Books, and I highly recommend them too.Published 6 days ago by Cassandra
Offers a full selection of Yeats's poems from every stage of his career as a poet. His prose works and outlines of his philosophical positions and Irish history lie elsewhere.Published 24 months ago by G Lawrence Jones
Great collection at a great price. Using this for an upper level English class, and I'm thrilled I could order it online with Amazon for a decent price.Published on Oct. 3 2013 by Taryn
It is wonderful to have a new copy of Yeat's Poems. This is a great publication and is easy to slip into one's shoulder bag to enjoy over a coffee or train trip. Read morePublished on June 7 2013 by Desmond
"Art has, I beleive, always gained in intensity by limitation."
Yeats was the great poet of the 20th century... Read more