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  • March 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97497-3
  • 544 pages
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Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

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William Butler Yeats (Author), James Pethica (Editor, Williams College)


This brand new collection, impeccably edited by James Pethica, presents a comprehensive selection of Yeats's major contributions in poetry, drama, prose fiction, autobiography, and criticism.

"Criticism" includes twenty-four interpretive essays by T. S. Eliot, Daniel Albright, Douglas Archibald, Harold Bloom, George Bornstein, Elizabeth Cullingford, Paul de Man, Richard Ellman, R. F. Foster, Stephen Gwynn, Seamus Heaney, Marjorie Howes, John Kelly, Declan Kiberd, Lucy McDiarmid, Michael North, Thomas Parkinson, Marjorie Perloff, James Pethica, Jahan Ramazani, Ronald Schuchard, Michael J. Sidnell, Anita Sokolsky, and Helen Vendler.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.



    A Note on the Texts



    From Crossways (1889)

    1. The Song of the Happy Shepherd
    2. The Sad Shepherd
    3. The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes
    4. The Indian to His Love
    5. The Falling of the Leaves
    6. Ephemera (2 versions)
    7. The Stolen Child
    8. To an Isle in the Water
    9. Down by the Salley Gardens
    10. The Meditation of the Old Fisherman

    From The Rose (1892)

    1. To the Rose upon the Rood of Time
    2. Fergus and the Druid
    3. The Rose of the World
    4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree
    5. The Pity of Love
    6. The Sorrow of Love (2 versions)
    7. When You are Old
    8. The White Birds
    9. [Who goes with Fergus?]
    10. The Dedication to a Book of Stories selected from the Irish
    11. Novelists (2 versions)
    12. The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner (2 versions)
    13. To Ireland in the Coming Times

    From The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)

    1. The Hosting of the Sidhe
    2. The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart
    3. The Fisherman [The Fish]
    4. The Song of Wandering Aengus
    5. The Lover mourns for the Loss of Love
    6. He reproves the Curlew
    7. He remembers Forgotten Beauty
    8. A Poet to his Beloved
    9. He gives his Beloved certain Rhymes
    10. To my Heart, bidding it have no Fear
    11. The Cap and Bells
    12. He hears the Cry of the Sedge
    13. He thinks of those who have Spoken Evil of his Beloved
    14. The Lover pleads with his Friend for Old Friends
    15. He wishes his Beloved were Dead
    16. He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

    From In the Seven Woods (1903)

    1. In the Seven Woods
    2. The Arrow
    3. The Folly of Being Comforted
    4. Never Give all the Heart
    5. Adam’s Curse
    6. Red Hanrahan’s Song about Ireland
    7. The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water
    8. O Too Long

    From The Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910)

    1. His Dream
    2. A Woman Homer Sung
    3. The Consolation [Words]
    4. No Second Troy
    5. Reconciliation
    6. The Fascination of What’s Difficult
    7. A Drinking Song
    8. The Coming of Wisdom with Time
    9. On hearing that the Students of our New University have joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Agitation against Immoral Literature
    10. To a Poet, who would have me Praise certain Bad Poets,
    11. Imitators of His and Mine
    12. The Mask
    13. Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitation
    14. All Things can Tempt Me
    15. The Young Man’s Song [Brown Penny]

    From Responsibilities (1914)

    1. [Introductory Rhymes]
    2. To a Wealthy Man who promised a Second Subscription to the Dublin Municipal Gallery if it were proved the People wanted Pictures
    3. September 1913
    4. To a Friend whose Work has come to
    5. Paudeen
    6. The Three Beggars
    7. Beggar to Beggar Cried
    8. I. The Witch
    9. II. The Peacock
    10. To a Child Dancing in the Wind
    11. [Two Years Later]
    12. Fallen Majesty
    13. Friends
    14. The Cold Heaven
    15. The Magi
    16. The Dolls
    17. A Coat
    18. [Closing Rhymes]

    From The Wild Swans at Coole (1917)

    1. The Wild Swans at Coole
    2. In of Major Robert Gregory
    3. An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
    4. Men Improve with the Years
    5. The Living Beauty
    6. A Song
    7. The Scholars (2 versions)
    8. Lines Written in Dejection
    9. On Woman
    10. The Fisherman
    11. The People
    12. Broken Dreams
    13. The Balloon of the Mind
    14. On being asked for a War Poem
    15. Ego Dominus Tuus
    16. The Double Vision of Miehael Robartes

    From Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921)

    1. Michael Robartes and the Dancer
    2. Easter, 1916
    3. On a Political Prisoner
    4. The Second Coming
    5. A Prayer for my Daughter
    6. To be Carved on a Stone at Thoor Ballylee

    From The Tower (1928)

    1. Sailing to Byzantium
    2. The Tower
    3. Meditations in Time of Civil War
    4. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
    5. A Prayer for my Son
    6. Leda and the Swan
    7. Among School Children
    8. All Souls’ Night

    From The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933)

    1. In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz
    2. A Dialogue of Self and Soul
    3. Blood and the Moon
    4. Coole Park, 1929
    5. The Choice
    6. Byzantium
    7. Vacillation
    8. Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop
    9. Father and Child

    From A Full Moon in March(1935)

    1. A Prayer for Old Age
    2. The Four Ages of Man

    From New Poems (1938)

    1. The Gyres
    2. Lapis Lazuli
    3. Imitated from the Japanese
    4. What Then?
    5. Beautiful Lofty Things
    6. Come Gather Round Me Parnellites
    7. The Great Day
    8. Parnell
    9. The Spur
    10. The Municipal Gallery Re-visited

    From Last Poems (1939)

    1. Under Ben Bulben
    2. The Black Tower
    3. Long-legged Fly
    4. High Talk
    5. Man and the Echo
    6. The Circus Animals’ Desertion
    7. Politics


    1. Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902)
    2. On Baile’s Strand (1903)
    3. At the Hawk’s Well (1917)
    4. Purgatory (1939)


    Prose Fiction and Folklore Writings

    1. From The Celtic Twilight (1893)
    2. This Book
    3. Belief and Unbelief
    4. Drumcliff and Rosses
    5. From The Celtic Twilight (1902)
    6. ‘Dust hath closed Helen’s Eye’
    7. Enchanted Woods
    8. By the Roadside
    9. From The Secret Rose (1897)
    10. The Crucifixion of the Outcast
    11. The Old Men of the Twilight
    12. From Stories Red Hanrahan (1904)
    13. The Twisting of the Rope
    14. The Death of Hanrahan

    Autobiographical Writings

    1. From Reveries Over Childhood and Youth (1916)
    2. From The Trembling of the Veil (1922)
    3. From Book 1. Four Years: 1887-1891
    4. From II. Ireland after Parnell
    5. From Memoirs: (written 1916-17, published 1972)
    6. From The Trembling of the Veil (1922)
    7. From III. Hodos Chameliontos
    8. From IV. The Tragic Generation
    9. From Book V. The Stirring of the Bones
    10. From Dramatis Personae, 1896-1902 (1935)
    11. From Memoirs: (written 1909, published 1972)
    12. From Pages from a Diary Written in Nineteen Hundred and Thirty (1944)

    Critical Writings

    1. Hopes and Fears for Irish Literature (1892)
    2. The De-Anglicising of Ireland (1892)
    3. From The Message of the Folk-lorist (1893)
    4. From The Celtic Element in Literature (1898)
    5. The Irish Literary Theatre (1899)
    6. From Irish Language and Irish Literature (1900)
    7. From The Symbolism of Poetry (1900)
    8. From Magic (1901)
    9. The Reform of the Theatre (1903)
    10. On Taking ‘The Playboy’ to London (1907)
    11. The Play of Modern Manners (1908)
    12. A Tower on the Apennines (1908)
    13. From Poetry and Tradition (1908)
    14. From First Principles (1908)
    15. From Per Amica Silentia Lunae (1918)
    16. From Anima Hominis
    17. From Anima Mundi
    18. From A People’s Theatre (1919)
    19. From The Bounty of Sweden (1925)
    20. From Introduction to The Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936)
    21. From A Vision (1937)
    22. From Introduction
    23. From Book I: The Great Wheel
    24. Essays for the Scribner Edition of Yeats’s Collected Works (1937)
    25. Introduction
    26. From Introduction to Essays
    27. Introduction to Plays
    28. From On the Boiler (1939)
    29. From Preliminaries
    30. From To-morrow’s Revolution


    Criticism by Yeats’s Contemporaries

    1. Oscar Wilde, [Review of The Wanderings of Olsin and Other Poems]
    2. Arthur Symons, [Review of Poems (1899) and The Wind Among the Reeds]
    3. Ezra Pound, [Review of Responsibilities]
    4. George Moore, From Vale
    5. Marianne Moore, [Review of The Wild Swans at Coole]
    6. T. S. Eliot, The Poetry of W. B. Yeats
    7. Maud Gonne, Yeats and Ireland

    Recent Critical and Biographical Studies

    1. Richard Ellmann, The Prelude, [Yeats and the Occult]
    2. R. F. Foster, Two Years: Bedford Park 1887-1889
    3. Declan Kiberd, Revolt into Style-Yeatsian Poetics
    4. Daniel Albright, Yeats’s Waves
    5. Jahan Ramazani, The Elegiac Love Poems: A Woman Dead and Gon(n)e
    6. Harold Bloom, The Wind Among the Reeds
    7. Helen Vendler, Technique in the Earlier Poems of Yeats
    8. Michael J. Sidnell, Yeats’s “Written Speech”: Writing, Hearing and Performance
    9. Lucy McDiarmid, Yeats and the Lettered Page
    10. R. F. Foster, The Taste of Salt 1902-1903
    11. George Bornstein, The Aesthetics of Antinomy
    12. Michael North, W. B. Yeats: Cultural Nationalism
    13. Jahan Ramazani, “Easter, 1916” and the Balladic Elegies
    14. Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Shrill Voices, Accursed Opinions
    15. John Kelly, “Friendship Is the Only House I Have”: Lady Gregory and W. B. Yeats
    16. Thomas Parkinson, The Passionate Syntax
    17. Ronald Schuchard, Hawk and Butterfly: The Double Vision of The Wild Swans at Coole (1917, 1919)
    18. Seamus Heaney, W. B. Yeats and Thoor Ballylee
    19. Marjorie Howes, In the Bedroom of the Big House
    20. Marjorie Perloff, Between Hatred and Desire: Sexuality and Subterfuge in “A Prayer for my Daughter”
    21. Paul de Man’ The Rhetorical Question: “Among School Children”
    22. Anita Sokolsky, The Resistance to Sentimentality: Yeats, de Man, and the Aesthetic Education
    23. Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Desire and Hunger in “Among School Children”
    24. James L. , Patronage and Creative Exchange: Yeats, Lady Gregory, and the Economy of Indebtedness
    25. Deirdre Toomey, Away
    26. Marjorie Howes, The Rule of Kindred
    27. Douglas Archibald, Politics and Public Life

    Yeats: A Chronology

    Bibliographical and Textual Appendix

    Selected Bibliography

    Index of Titles and First Lines of Poems