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The Collected Poems of W.B.Yeats (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library) [Paperback]

W.B. Yeats
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good edition of a great poet Oct. 4 2002
There isn't much question whether Yeats was a great poet, just where on the all time great list he falls. Whether you call him the greatest poet of the 20th century, or the greatest since Wordsworth, Milton or Shakespeare, his accomplishments are clear.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I envy all newcomers Dec 19 2000
I envy anyone reading this who has yet to discover Yeats but wants to. One of my college professors said the same thing to me, and I still remember what it was like to fall under the spell of Yeats' language and his romanticism.
(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?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collects major and minor poems Feb. 6 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection! Oct. 3 2013
By Taryn
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Kindle Version July 7 2013
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The Kindle edition is an absolute travesty. No attention has been given to the proper appearance of the poems on the page; every single poem is marred by the failure to format line breaks correctly.

Shame on Amazon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Is Good June 7 2013
By Desmond
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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. Also excellent value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The intesity of W.B. Yeats March 2 2002
"Art has, I beleive, always gained in intensity by limitation."
Yeats was the great poet of the 20th century... For what makes Yeats a great poet is how alive he is at every moment, how vital and unpronouncement-like his poetry is.
He tried to write a "dyed and figured mystery" into each of his poems, and he captured the colors and people of life more vividly than any poet since Shakespeare...
It could have been written yesterday - and would have captured our world exactly.
Yeats speaks to each us anew, every time we read him. He knows that the world we live in, no matter what the time and place, is always filled with evil doers who are filled with passionate intensity, and that the world seems about to slip into a chaotic nightmare...
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Before a reasoned, intelligent assessment of Yeats (or any other master poet such as Hardy, Frost,de la Mare, Wilbur, et al) can be made, one must ask the right preliminary question: What is Genius-level poetry? There are at least 6 primary components: 1)It withholds something from us at first, yielding its secrets slowly, like an attractive lover or an ocean (sand, shoreline, shallows, surfzone, shelf, offshore, blue depths);2)It surprises and satisfies simultaneously - it repays multiple re-readings: 'I knew that but I didn't know until now that I knew it'; 3) It is words set to life's music - it sounds, or sings, special, through appropriate rhythm and rhyme. Follow the music and the other senses follow along; follow the voice til you have no choice; 4)It is memorable, both in detailed words, metaphors, images, literary referents, phrasings, lines, sections/stanzas, and as a sum of things which exceeds the excellencies of the parts. It is memorizable. 5)It speaks to life's questions: what could be worse than answering questions no one is asking?; above all relevance synthesizes with reverence to create resonance. Its subject matter matters. Nothing is missing more in most poetry published today than lack of compression, resolution, depth: too much verse is a pretty pond acres wide, inches deep. Especially powerful verse has simplicity in perichoresis (interpenetration) with complexity or multiplicity, ambidextrously able to use telescope or microscope to bring the subject into focus for the reader. The best of Seuss appeals also to adults; the arcanest of Einstein, E=mc2, can even be grasped by children;Lastly,6) It fulfills its expectations and arrives: it reaches the reader at some point, in different ways at different times. Read more ›
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