Yeats was to explore several more sides of himself, and of Ireland, before his Last Poems of 1938-39. Many are difficult, some snobbish, others occult and spiritualist. As Brendan Kennelly writes, Yeats "produces both poppycock and sublimity in verse, sometimes closely together." On the other hand, many prophetic masterworks are poppycock-free--for example, "The Second Coming" ("Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...") and such inquiries into inspiration as "Among School Children" ("O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?"). And at his best, Yeats extends the meaning of love poetry beyond the obviously romantic: love becomes a revolutionary emotion, attaching the poet to friends, history, and the passionate life of the mind. --Kerry Fried
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 15 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 19 months ago 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 23 months ago by Desmond
"Art has, I beleive, always gained in intensity by limitation."
Yeats was the great poet of the 20th century... Read more
The woods of Arcady are dead. So too are the kings of old, and yeats, and tennyson, and chesterton. Yeats' poetry displays a sense of a man writing out of inferiority,... Read morePublished on March 14 2001 by Customer
Yeats is, quite simply, the greatest master of the English language since Shakespeare. His command, range, and intelligence are remarkable. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 1999 by Joseph Jordan