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Part of the Everyman series which has been re-set with wide margins and easy-to-read type and includes a themed introduction, chronology of the life and times of the author, plot summary and selected criticism.

This is the first of a projected 14-volume edition of Yeats's work issued under the general editorship of Finneran and George Mills Harper. Volume 1 is actually a reissue, slightly revised, of Finneran's The Poems (LJ 1/84). To this latest edition he adds four previously uncollected poems and makes a few minor editorial changes. While The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats (Macmillan, 1957) remains a standard source for scholars, Finneran's edition is the definitive reading text. And while it adds little new material, this volume (along with those forthcoming) should be part of any serious subject collection.-- Michael Hennessy, Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos correction: The Poems of Paul Celan ( LJ 5/15/89) , to have been published in May by Persea Books, will now be published in June.Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 928 pages
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (July 7, 1994)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Julio Santos on August 5, 2017

    A great poet that should be better known and studied in our America. After all romantic thinking continues to be the greatest and inspiring force left to us humans. Sad that he died as prophesied in his Rendezvous poem.

  • By Tracy L Robertson on November 3, 2017

    There is no such thing as a "bad" Yeats book of poetry!

  • By JOANNE ELLIS on August 30, 2015

    It's YEATS...what can I say!

  • By harvey hadley on November 7, 2017

    Have just discovered Yeats for myself. I am hooked. Magnificent!

  • By Yvonne Harding on October 9, 2013

    I now have all of Yeats' poetry in one book, which is great. So many versions out there, but this one suits my needs totally.

  • By gregh on August 9, 2016

    Some years ago, the late American poet James Dickey visited my campus (I was a graduate student) and asked us to name the greatest poet of the 20th century. To my surprise, his finalists included poets from other languages: Lorca, Rilke, and Valerie. In the end, with Dickey being very much the final judge, these poets finished behind two English language poets: Yeats and Eliot. And Yeats was Number 1. It's easy to see that Yeats was less innovative than Eliot, but I tend to agree. Like Eliot, he continued to climb the conical winding stair (an image from Yeats's own poetry and artificial mythology), so that in one dimension he repeated old habits and in another he did something new. His final poetry, for example, very much resembles the poetry of his second period -- it's almost shorn of the images from his mythology and strikes one as quite spare -- and yet it really is on a higher level than the poetry of the second period. Yeats was one of the few lyric poets to continue to develop until the end of his life. Because of this development and the unity of his poetry, I think Yeats might at least have been the greatest English-language poetry of the twentieth century. Of course I recommend this book.


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