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W. B. Yeats

A Critical Introduction, 1st Edition

By Balachandra Rajan


205 pages

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This chief aim of this title, first published in 1965, is to present a comprehensive picture of Yeats’s achievement and some of the means for an evaluation of that achievement. To this end both the poems and plays have been examined and some of Yeats’s critical ideas have been briefly discussed. Professor Rajan’s study provides a compact introduction to Yeats’s work, and will be of interest to the general reader as well as to students of literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. The Reality Within 2. The Island and Lost Souls 3. The Dream-burdened Will 4. In the Theatre 5. Towards Responsibilities 6. Metaphors for Poetry 7. Four Plays for Dancers 8. Dancer and Swan 9. Tower and Stair 10. The Severed Heads 11. An Old Man’s Frenzy 12. The Completed Symbol; A Select Reading List; General Index; Index to Yeats’ Work

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: W. B. Yeats

This set reissues 6 books, originally published between 1951 and 1990, on William Butler Yeats, a foremost figure of twentieth-century literature and one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. The volumes examine Yeats’s work, his poetic development, and his social and private life, and will be of interest to students of literature.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century