Deeply involved with Irish culture and history, W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) is one of the greatest poets writing in the last two centuries. This sourcebook provides essential help for readers who wish to learn more about his powerful, haunting poems.
Considering Yeats's early, dreamily evocative poems as well as his passionate, tension-ridden later work, Michael O'Neill offers a refreshingly clear discussion of:
*contexts - through an invaluable, accessible overview, a detailed chronology and contemporary documents revealing Yeats's understanding of his vocation as a poet;
*interpretations - through helpfully introduced extracts from criticism of Yeats's work, ranging from early responses through to modern critical texts;
*key poems - in a section where insightful commentary accompanies the full annotated text of many of Yeats's major poems;
*further reading - to guide those interested in additional study.
This sourcebook is ideal for those new to Yeats's poetry or those who wish to look deeper into its workings, its reception and the contexts from which it emerged.
Includes full texts and commentary on the following poems: The Song of the Happy Shepherd; The Lake Isle of Innisfree; The Sorrow of Love; When You Are Old; Who Goes with Fergus?; To Ireland in the Coming Times; The Hosting of the Sidhe; The Moods; The Lover Tells of the Rose in His Heart; The Song of Wandering Aengus; The Lover Mourns for the Loss of Love; A Poet to His Beloved; To His Heart; Bidding It Have No Fear; The Valley of the Black Pig; The Secret Rose; He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven; Adam's Curse; No Second Troy; The Fascination of What's Difficult; September 1913; Paudeen; Fallen Majesty; The Cold Heaven; The Wild Swans at Coole; In Memory of Major Robert Gregory; The Fisherman; Broken Dreams; Ego Dominus Tuus; Sailing to Byzantium; The Tower; Meditations in Time of Civil War; Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen; Leda and the Swan; Among School Children.
Includes commentary only on: Easter 1916; The Second Coming; A Prayer for My Daughter; A Dialogue of Self and Soul; Byzantium; The Gyres; Lapis Lazuli; Beautiful Lofty Things; Under Ben Bulben; Long-Legged Fly; Man and the Echo; The Circus Animals' Desertion; Politics.