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CONTENTS include a preface by the author, end notes and the following poems:The Wild Swans at CooleIn Memory of Major Robert GregoryAn Irish Airman foresees his DeathMen improve with the YearsThe Collar-bone of a Hare Under the Round TowerSolomon to ShebaThe Living BeautyA Song To a Young BeautyTo a Young GirlThe Scholars Tom O'RoughleyThe Sad ShepherdLines written in DejeCONTENTS include a preface by the author, end notes and the following poems:The Wild Swans at CooleIn Memory of Major Robert GregoryAn Irish Airman foresees his DeathMen improve with the YearsThe Collar-bone of a Hare Under the Round TowerSolomon to ShebaThe Living BeautyA Song To a Young BeautyTo a Young GirlThe Scholars Tom O'RoughleyThe Sad ShepherdLines written in DejectionThe DawnOn WomanThe FishermanThe Hawk MemoryHer PraiseThe PeopleHis PhoenixA Thought from PropertiusBroken DreamsA Deep-sworn VowPresencesThe Balloon of the MindTo a Squirrel at Kyle-na-gnoOn being asked for a War PoemIn Memory of Alfred PollexfenUpon a Dying LadyEgo Dominus TuusA Prayer on going into my HouseThe Phases of the Moon The Cat and the MoonThe Saint and the HunchbackTwo Songs of a FoolAnother Song of a FoolThe Double Vision of Michael Robartes...

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  • Greg
    2019-04-01 02:46

    The last two lines of "The Song":'...For who could have foretoldThat the heart grows old.'Yeats' truths can sometimes hurt in his most heartfelt work, someof which is represented in this volume.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-16 00:40

    "I know that I shall meet my fateSomewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate,Those that I guard I do not love;"

  • Cooper Renner
    2019-03-24 05:02

    Not every poem is a classic, but some are, and Yeats's music and imagery put almost all living poets in the shade.

  • Arlene Hayman
    2019-03-24 21:53

    Thanks to my daughter, I was fortunate to encounter the poems of W.B. Yeats upon my recent visit to Dublin. Having visited the Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland, I was intrigued by this complex man who wrote so deftly about issues, such as aging and death, as well as love, and the beauty of nature. I especially loved the poem to which this collection was named, ‘The Wild Swans of Coole,’ a place of extraordinary beauty in which Yeats contemplates how the lovely swans, unlike himself who is weary, still experience life passionately and freely. In witnessing the swans paddling in the cold, or the lovely moment of the ‘bell-beat of their wings’ above his head, Yeats also realizes how fleeting this moment of beauty can be, as he considers how when he awakens some day, the swans may have flown away. It seems to me that Yeats often wrote about his relationships with women, and since he was promiscuous throughout his life, he was awarded with ample writing resources. Throughout his life, Yeats possessed an unrequited love for a well-spirited woman named Maude Gonne with whom he maintained a close friendship throughout his life. In this anthology, Yeats writes a very short poem, entitled ‘Memory,’ in which he compares the love of his life to a mountain hare, for where the hare lies, its form cannot be held in the mountain grass. To me, Yeats speaks of the elusiveness of this idyllic relationship. Written with only a few lines, this poem to me is almost perfection, as a haiku, which succinctly speaks profoundly with minimal words.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-19 03:47

    Fabulous. As one would expect of Yeats. It really produces that Stillness feeling you'd get from looking at the Lake at Coole Park. It's believed this Poem was written when Yeats was staying with a friend - Lady Gregory at Coole Park in Ireland. This is fabulous poetry. 5 stars.

  • You You
    2019-04-20 00:46

    i want to read this one

  • Katie Murphy
    2019-04-05 01:02

    YeatesMy favourite poet. Yeates is a great man and a genius wordsmith. Can easily be read and reread, always finding something new.

  • Evelyn
    2019-03-30 00:46

    Meditations on aging and death.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-01 04:49

    Eh, I find that both this audiobook & the poems therein leave me lukewarm. I may try other Yeats poems but not in audio form...

  • Galicius
    2019-04-17 22:59

    “Mysterious, beautiful; Among what rushes will they build, By what lake’s edge or pool Delight men’s eyes, when I awake some day To find they have flown away?”

  • Niamh O'Donnell
    2019-04-22 21:46

    My personal favourites were, "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death", "The Dawn", "The Fisherman", "Ego Domnius Tuus", and "Two Songs Of A Fool".

  • Keith
    2019-04-18 00:44

    Poems about growing older and change and how things will never be the same.CONTENTS page The Wild Swans at Coole 1 In Memory of Major Robert Gregory 4 An Irish Airman foresees his Death 13 Men improve with the Years 14 The Collar-Bone of a Hare 15 Under the Round Tower 17 Solomon to Sheba 19 The Living Beauty 21 A Song 22 To a Young Beauty 23 To a Young Girl 24 The Scholars 25 Tom O'Roughley 26 The Sad Shepherd 27 Lines written in Dejection 39 The Dawn 40[viii] On Woman 41 The Fisherman 44 The Hawk 46 Memory 47 Her Praise 48 The People 50 His Phoenix 54 A Thought from Propertius 58 Broken Dreams 59 A Deep-Sworn Vow 63 Presences 64 The Balloon of the Mind 66 To a Squirrel at Kyle-Na-Gno 67 On being asked for a War Poem 68 In Memory of Alfred Pollexfen 69 Upon a Dying Lady 72 Ego Dominus Tuus 79 A Prayer on going into my House 86 The Phases of the Moon 88 The Cat and the Moon 102 The Saint and the Hunchback 104[ix] Two Songs of a Fool 106 Another Song of a Fool 108 The Double Vision of Michael Robartes 109 Note 115

  • Phil
    2019-04-09 03:04

    Periodically I revisit Yeats, and, this year marking his 150th anniversary, it seemed appropriate now to do him the courtesy again. He's always mystified me slightly. His early work is a bit Edwardian (or whatever the Irish Nationalist equivalent) for me, and I don't think I've ever given the later stuff the attention it probably needs to tease out its symbols and nuances. I didn't really feel like taking on either on my brief summer holiday, so I went for this, a kind of mid-point.It was very telling. Written during his early 50s, most of the poems here dwell on ageing, lost love, loss in general, and the struggle involved in making something durable out of impermanent life. In my mid-50s myself, they now make sense in a way they never could when I read them younger. There are still a few too many kings and queens, shepherds and goatherds, etc, for my tastes, and the dialogue form of some of the longer pieces is distracting, but as meditations on what it means to be growing old, these are profound and touching reflections. There's startling and apposite Modernist imagery too - "the dark leopards of the moon" (Lines Written in Dejection); "The struggle of the fly in marmalade" (Ego Dominus Tuus). Also, humour, both rueful (Men Improve With The Years) and savage (On Going Into His House).This has been a worthwhile revisitation. I've never quite managed to love Yeats as I do Pound and Eliot, but, I hope, there's time. Happy 150th, WBY !

  • Leslie
    2019-04-18 23:42

    While I liked a few of the poems in this selection, most were just humdrum for me. I didn't hate them or find them impossible to understand (which is far too often the case with poetry for me) but they didn't speak to me. These are the poems I liked best in the collection: "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death", "The Living Beauty", "The Hawk", "The Cat and the Moon" and "Another Song of a Fool"

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-04 00:46

    This will probably say more about my ignorance regarding early 20th Century poetry, but I didn't really enjoy it. The selection are based on ageing and death, and the cruelty of the huge loss of life at wartime. I haven't much experience with poetry, but am reading a second book by Yeats, The Celtic Twilight, a collection of short stories and I am already enjoying these. So, maybe its the subject I don't like so much, maybe the medium...not really sure.

  • i!
    2019-04-15 02:50

    Despite the inclusion of a wider-spanning "narrative" arc, and numerous nested or branching poems, as well as a general looking-backward towards past work and forward towards future work, none of what is included here really connected, for me.

  • Simon
    2019-04-19 04:56

    Some of these poems are hauntingly wonderful; others touch my admiring part rather than my affections. Re-visited after reading another book about the north west and happy to be back in touch with literary Ireland.

  • Kilian Metcalf
    2019-03-31 04:50

    I love Yeats. I wish I knew more about him and his work, but even in ignorance, his words move me.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-03-24 00:38

    (review to follow when I get hold of the book again)

  • Johanna Haas
    2019-04-22 21:39

    Aging, death, farewells. Yeats' language is so simple, yet he says so much.

  • Brian
    2019-04-14 01:38

    I really enjoyed many of these, though a few I couldn't make anything of and/or didn't find impressive. For the most part I'm enjoying Yeats more and more as he ages, though.