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The Poems of W. B. Yeats
Volume Two: 1890-1898

Edited By

Peter McDonald

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ISBN 9780367529314
September 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
624 Pages

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Book Description

In this multi-volume edition, the poetry of W.B. Yeats (1865–1939) is presented in full, with newly-established texts and detailed, wide-ranging commentary. Yeats began to write verse in the nineteenth century, and over time his own arrangements of poems repeatedly revised and rearranged both texts and canon. This edition of Yeats’s poetry presents all his verse, both published and unpublished, including a generous selection of textual variants from the many manuscript and printed sources. The edition also supplies the most extensive commentary on Yeats’s poetry to date, explaining specific references, and setting poems in their contexts; it also gives an account of the vast range of both literary and historical influences at work on the verse. The poems are presented in order of composition, and major revisions or rewritings of poems result in separate inclusions (in chronological sequence) for these writings as they were subsequently reconceived by the poet.

In this second volume, the poems of Yeats’s early maturity emerge in the contexts of his engagement with Irish history and myth, along with nationalist politics; his increasing involvement with ritual magic and esoteric lore; and his turbulent, often unhappy, personal life. The poems of The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics (1892) reveal a poet of intense narrative power and metaphorical resource, adept at transforming miscellaneous sources into haunting and original poems. A major revision of his earlier narrative, ‘The Wanderings of Oisin’, takes place in this decade when Yeats is also taken up with the composition of elaborate and uncanny symbolic lyrics, many of them resulting from his love for Maud Gonne, that are finally collected in The Wind Among the Reeds (1899). This edition makes it possible to trace in detail Yeats’s debts to folklore and magic, alongside his involved and often difficult private and public life, in poetry of exceptional complexity and power.

Table of Contents

Chronology of W.B. Yeats’s Life and Publications, 1890-1898  Abbreviations  THE POEMS  96. A Cradle Song  97. The Ballad of Father Gilligan  98. Dedication to a Book of Stories Selected from the Irish Novelists  99. The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner 100. The Man who Dreamed of Faeryland  101. The Pathway  102. The White Birds  103. To a Sister of the Cross and the Rose  104. A Faery Song  105. A Salutation  106. The Rose of Battle  107. A Dream of a Blessed Spirit  108. Mourn – And then Onward!  109. When You are Old  110. [‘He Who Bids the White Plains of the Pole’]  111. A Dream of Other Lives  112. The Sorrow of Love  113. A Song of the Rosy-Cross  114. The Rose of the World  115. A Dream of Death  116. The Death of Cuchulain  117. The Pity of Love  118. The Two Trees  119. To the Rose upon the Rood of Time  120. To Ireland in the Coming Times  121. The Rose of Peace  122. Where My Books Go  123. Fergus and the Druid  124. When You are Sad  125. A Mystical Prayer to the Masters of the Elements, Finvarra, Feacra, and Caolte  126. The Watch-Fire  127. The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart  128. The Fiddler of Dooney  129. [‘I Never Have Seen Maid Quiet’]  130. Into the Twilight  131. The Danaan Quicken Tree  132. The Ballad of Earl Paul  133. The Cap and Bells  134. The Moods  135. The Host  136. [‘He Treads a Road of Glint and Gleam’]  137. Wisdom and Dreams  138. On a Child’s Death  139. The Glove and the Cloak  140. The Host of the Air  141. [‘Veering, Fleeting, Fickle, the Winds of Knocknarea’]  142. The Song of the Old Mother  143. [‘White Daughter of the Iron Time...’]  144. [‘I Will Not in Grey Hours Revoke’]  145. The Heart of the Woman  146. [‘The Poet, Owen Hanrahan…’]  147. The Lover to his Heart  148. [‘Out of Sight is Out of Mind’]  149. The Indian to His Love  150. The Wanderings of Oisin  151. The Madness of King Goll  152. To Some I Have Talked with by the Fire  153. He Gives his Beloved Certain Rhymes  154. [‘The Loud Years Come, the Loud Years Go’]  155. A Poet to his Beloved  156. The Everlasting Voices  157. The Lover Asks Forgiveness Because of His Many Moods  158. He Bids His Beloved Be at Peace  159. He Tells of the Perfect Beauty  160. The Lover Speaks to the Hearers of his Songs in the Coming Days  161. The Travail of Passion  162.  The Valley of the Black Pig  163. The Unappeasable Host  164. He Remembers Forgotten Beauty  165. The Secret Rose  166. He Reproves the Curlew  167. To His Heart, Bidding it Have No Fear  168. He Tells of a Valley Full of Lovers  169. [‘O Tufted Reeds, Bend Low…’]  170. The Shadowy Waters [1896 TS version]  171. The Blessed  172. He Mourns for the Change That Has Come Upon Him and His Beloved, and Longs for the End of the World  173. The Lover Pleads With His Friend for Old Friends  174. The Song of Wandering Aengus  175. Hanrahan Laments Because of His Wanderings  176. The Hosting of the Sidhe  177. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven  178. He Wishes his Beloved Were Dead  179. He Hears the Cry of the Sedge  180. The Lover Mourns for the Loss of Love  181. He Thinks of Those Who Have Spoken Evil of his Beloved  182. The Fish  183. He Thinks of His Past Greatness When a Part of the Constellations of Heaven  184. The Poet Pleads With the Elemental Powers   Appendix 1: Contents of W.B. Yeats’s volumes of poetry, 1892-1899.  Appendix 2: Draft ‘Subject for Lyric’ (late 1890s).

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Peter McDonald is an Irish poet and critic, whose literary criticism includes Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill (2002) and Sound Intentions: The Workings of Rhyme in Nineteenth-Century Poetry (2012). He has edited the Collected Poems of Louis MacNeice, and is the author of numerous articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry.His own Collected Poems appeared in 2012. He is Professor of British and Irish Poetry at the University of Oxford, and Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry at Christ Church, Oxford.