William Butler Yeats - any good?

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Yeats? Spell-binding...
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Globus mark ii
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camroc1 wrote:He's an all time great and overshadowed 20th century Irish (as opposed to Gaelic) poetry until Heaney.

I have soft spots for Louis McNeice, Austin Clarke, and Paddy Kavanagh, but Yeats was in a different league.
Got big into Austin Clarke in my leaving cert year .....

I actually read this to my wife on our wedding day

The Planter's Daughter

When night stirred at sea,
And the fire brought a crowd in
They say that her beauty
Was music in mouth
And few in the candlelight
Thought her too proud,
For the house of the planter
Is known by the trees.

Men that had seen her
Drank deep and were silent,
The women were speaking
Wherever she went --
As a bell that is rung
Or a wonder told shyly
And O she was the Sunday
In every week.
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Massey Ferguson wrote:i have never found another poet who's words move me like his.

Peace comes dropping slow. Beautiful.

it's hard to pick a favourite.

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
100%
My all-time favourite poem.
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Al Davis 2 wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:He would be considered a joke today
Are you an expert on poetry?
Far from it! Loved him in school

He’s of the time tho
Not really.

His poetry is far more mutable than most of his era.

If you subscribe to the somewhat reductionist theory that literature followed art and design and that Romantic and Neo-Raphaelite art and culture (and Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts too I suppose) was followed by Modernist Literature and Poetry, Yeats' life and career show a marked development from the former towards the latter.

This pre-supposes that the label attached to Joyce et al of "modernist" writers is accurate.

The man who wrote Aedh wishes the Cloth of Heaven, The Stolen Child even The Song of Wandering Aengus is much more reflective of "Romantic" and "Neo-Raphaelite" thought than September 1913 and Easter 1916, etc.

And that's before his "old man" poems, most obviously Sailing to Byzantium and The Second Coming which are very much in the modernist camp and demonstrate an alteration of character and taste over time.
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:lol:
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:lol: Headshot AJ.
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anonymous_joe wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:He would be considered a joke today
Are you an expert on poetry?
Far from it! Loved him in school

He’s of the time tho
Not really.

His poetry is far more mutable than most of his era.

If you subscribe to the somewhat reductionist theory that literature followed art and design and that Romantic and Neo-Raphaelite art and culture (and Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts too I suppose) was followed by Modernist Literature and Poetry, Yeats' life and career show a marked development from the former towards the latter.

This pre-supposes that the label attached to Joyce et al of "modernist" writers is accurate.

The man who wrote Aedh wishes the Cloth of Heaven, The Stolen Child even The Song of Wandering Aengus is much more reflective of "Romantic" and "Neo-Raphaelite" thought than September 1913 and Easter 1916, etc.

And that's before his "old man" poems, most obviously Sailing to Byzantium and The Second Coming which are very much in the modernist camp and demonstrate an alteration of character and taste over time.
Oh bravo.
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rfurlong wrote:
camroc1 wrote:He's an all time great and overshadowed 20th century Irish (as opposed to Gaelic) poetry until Heaney.

I have soft spots for Louis McNeice, Austin Clarke, and Paddy Kavanagh, but Yeats was in a different league.
Got big into Austin Clarke in my leaving cert year .....

I actually read this to my wife on our wedding day

The Planter's Daughter

When night stirred at sea,
And the fire brought a crowd in
They say that her beauty
Was music in mouth
And few in the candlelight
Thought her too proud,
For the house of the planter
Is known by the trees.

Men that had seen her
Drank deep and were silent,
The women were speaking
Wherever she went --
As a bell that is rung
Or a wonder told shyly
And O she was the Sunday
In every week.
That is new to me and a marvel. I find myself becoming teary.
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Believe it or not, the Irish Peat Company (Bord Na Mona) turned it into a TV advert :nod:

https://youtu.be/76CYhiXfGyc
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happyhooker wrote:
anonymous_joe wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:He would be considered a joke today
Are you an expert on poetry?
Far from it! Loved him in school

He’s of the time tho
Not really.

His poetry is far more mutable than most of his era.

If you subscribe to the somewhat reductionist theory that literature followed art and design and that Romantic and Neo-Raphaelite art and culture (and Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts too I suppose) was followed by Modernist Literature and Poetry, Yeats' life and career show a marked development from the former towards the latter.

This pre-supposes that the label attached to Joyce et al of "modernist" writers is accurate.

The man who wrote Aedh wishes the Cloth of Heaven, The Stolen Child even The Song of Wandering Aengus is much more reflective of "Romantic" and "Neo-Raphaelite" thought than September 1913 and Easter 1916, etc.

And that's before his "old man" poems, most obviously Sailing to Byzantium and The Second Coming which are very much in the modernist camp and demonstrate an alteration of character and taste over time.
Oh bravo.
He was the poet I wanted to come up for the Leaving for obvious reasons. We had a cracking selection of poets my year of the Leaving Cert. Heaney, Yeats, Longley and Dickinson, amongst others.
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anonymous_joe wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:
Al Davis 2 wrote:He would be considered a joke today
Are you an expert on poetry?
Far from it! Loved him in school

He’s of the time tho
Not really.

His poetry is far more mutable than most of his era.



If you subscribe to the somewhat reductionist theory that literature followed art and design and that Romantic and Neo-Raphaelite art and culture (and Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts too I suppose) was followed by Modernist Literature and Poetry, Yeats' life and career show a marked development from the former towards the latter.

This pre-supposes that the label attached to Joyce et al of "modernist" writers is accurate.

The man who wrote Aedh wishes the Cloth of Heaven, The Stolen Child even The Song of Wandering Aengus is much more reflective of "Romantic" and "Neo-Raphaelite" thought than September 1913 and Easter 1916, etc.

And that's before his "old man" poems, most obviously Sailing to Byzantium and The Second Coming which are very much in the modernist camp and demonstrate an alteration of character and taste over time.
Or, as we say in Limerick:

Get ta fcuk.
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