In this study, first published in 1951, the author examines the poetry of Yeats’s last years, that poetry which reached and held to the ‘intensity’ which he had striven for all his life. Vivienne Koch explores the ways in which the great but troubled poems derive their energy from suffering, and examines thirteen of his last poems in detail, each with a slightly different focus. This title will be of interest to students of literature.
Foreword; Introduction; The Poems; Group One; 1. The Wild Old Wicked Man 2. An Acre of Grass; Group Two; 1. The Statues 2. The Bronze Head; Group Three; 1. The Gyres 2. The Man and the Echo; Group Four; 1. The Three Bushes 2. The Lady’s First Song 3. The Lady’s Second Song 4. The Lady’s Third Song 5. The Lover’s Song 6. The Chambermaid’s First Song 7. The Chambermaid’s Second Song; Conclusion; Index
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.