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The Cambridge Introduction to W.B. Yeats (Cambridge by David Holdeman

By David Holdeman

This creation to 1 of the 20 th century's most crucial writers examines Yeats's poems, performs and tales when it comes to biographical, literary, and old contexts. Yeats wrote with ardour and eloquence approximately own disappointments, his obsession with eire, and the trendy era's lack of religion in conventional ideals approximately paintings, faith, empire, social classification, gender and intercourse. His works uniquely replicate the slow transition from Victorian aestheticism to the modernism of Pound, Eliot and Joyce. this can be the 1st introductory research to think about his paintings in all genres in gentle of the newest biographies, new variations of his letters and manuscripts, and up to date debts by way of feminist and postcolonial critics. whereas utilizing this advent, scholars may have speedy entry to the realm of present Yeats scholarship in addition to being supplied with the basic evidence approximately his existence and literary profession and recommendations for extra studying.

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Though roses would long continue to appear in his verse, never again would he write about the Rose with a capital ‘‘R’’; that tradition reaches its apogee in The Wind Among the Reeds, and especially in the poem titled ‘‘The Secret Rose,’’ a superb expression of desperate apocalyptic hope and desire. From now on his idea of woman – and of the spiritual and political principles associated with her – would be represented not by the soft enfoldings of an eternal and ‘‘inviolate’’ Rose, but rather by the cold silver lights of a changing moon.

Yeats, who supported Wilde throughout his Early Yeats 25 ordeal, eagerly aligned himself with the Savoy project, eventually contributing three of the stories and nine of the poems associated with The Secret Rose and The Wind Among the Reeds. One must be careful not to exaggerate the decadence endorsed by the Savoy or by Yeats: the former’s contents were suggestive rather than pornographic and the latter continued to subordinate carnal to spiritual passions. He also suVered sexual anxieties every bit as intense as his desires.

Like him, she possessed an intense desire to work for her country’s good, and despite her ‘‘Ascendancy’’ origins, she gradually exchanged the Unionism of her husband and family for an increasingly fervent Irish nationalism. She did not, however, renounce her identity as a Protestant aristocrat or her faith in traditional justifications of class privilege. Like her forebears, she believed that inherited wealth and position freed the gentry from the worries of those caught in the struggle to survive, thereby allowing them to cultivate social and artistic refinement.

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