W.B. Yeats The Love Poems W. B. Yeats, A.Norman Jeffares
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- 30 Sep 2010
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This collection of Yeats' love poetry begins with his youthful, romantic idealism. It follows with his disillusionment in middle age after Maud Gonne rejected him, and reflects the change in his poetry to a more direct, austere and forceful style. Yeats' comments on his loves in later life are particularly evocative and provide deeply moving portraits of people and places. They combine much of the beauty he created and imparted to the Celtic Revival with his later outspoken, sardonic treatment of sexuality. In old age, Yeats wrote with an increasing sense of urgency, at times of disappointment and even of tragedy, but he continued to portray the experience of love with poignancy and insight. Right up to his death his love poems reflect the developing mind of a genius, still capable of remaking himself, his image and his ideas with compelling immediacy.
'The unrivalled ringing rhetoric and the sheer beauty and strangeness of Yeats' preoccupations make this book essential reading.' The Good Book Guide
W.B.Yeats was an Anglo-Irish poet and playwright 1865 and 1939. A pillar of British and Irish literature, his highly artistic form gave expression to the spirit of entire nations. Born in Dublin, Yeats studied poetry from an early age and became fascinated with the concepts of romanticism and the occult. Yeats' body of verse in incredibly diverse and ranges from slow-paced lyrical poems and ballads written in the style of Edmund Spenser and Percy Shelly, to more physical and realistic poems with political allegories. Yeats idealism often changes depending on his own personal circumstances. During his youth, Yeats lexical field is colloquial and romantic but after his rejection by Maude Gonne and disillusionment into middle age his verse becomes much more evocative and his view on sexuality appears much more sardonic. The Love Poems therefore are a brilliantly diverse collection.