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Selected Poems : Penguin Modern Classics - William Butler Yeats

Selected Poems

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W.B. Yeats's Selected Poems is edited with an introduction and notes by Timothy Webb in Penguin Modern Classics. Few have lived their ideas so passionately and nobly as W.B. Yeats in his love affairs, politics and poetry. From his youth in the 1880s, a fertile dreamer rediscovering and remaking the Irish tradition, he grew into a great and innovative poet of the twentieth century. This selection of Yeats's work includes the final book from the unjustly neglected narrative poem The Wanderings of Oisin and a number of lyrics from Yeats's work as poetic dramatist. This edition breaks new ground by allowing the reader to engage with a dozen poems in alternative versions; in many other cases it provides significant variants, so that Yeats's struggle to revise his poetry can be experienced with unusual immediacy. It also includes explanatory and textual notes for each poem. W B Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the great and innovative poets of the twentieth century. Much of his most vigorous verse on love, sex, Irish and international politics, the complexities of the occult and the 'sedentary toil' of poetry was produced in the years between his fiftieth birthday in 1915 and his death in 1939. If you enjoyed Selected Poems, you might like The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A compelling poetic presence ... together with Joyce, Yeats made modern Irish poetry possible' Timothy Webb

Love Songp. 1
The Wanderings of Oisin (Book III)p. 1
The Indian to His Lovep. 15
An Indian Songp. 16
Ephemerap. 16
Ephemera: An Autumn Idylp. 17
The Stolen Childp. 18
Down by the Salley Gardensp. 20
To the Rose upon the Rood of Timep. 21
Fergus and the Druidp. 22
Cuchulain's Fight with the Seap. 24
The Rose of the Worldp. 27
A Faery Songp. 28
A Lake Isle of Innisfreep. 28
The Sorrow of Lovep. 29
The Sorrow of Lovep. 29
When You are Oldp. 30
Who Goes with Fergus?p. 31
The Man who Dreamed of Faerylandp. 31
The Dedication to a Book of Stories selected form the Irish Novelistsp. 34
Dedicationp. 34
The Lamentation of the Old Pensionerp. 35
The Old Pensionerp. 36
The Two Treesp. 37
To Ireland in the Coming Timesp. 38
[The poet, Owen Hanrahan, under a bush of may]p. 40
The Hosting of the Sidhep. 43
The Everlasting Voicesp. 43
Into the Twilightp. 44
The Song of Wandering Aengusp. 45
The Song of the Old Motherp. 45
The Lover mourns for the Loss of Lovep. 46
He mourns for the Change that has come upon him and his Beloved, and longs for the End of the Worldp. 46
He reproves the Curlewp. 47
He remembers forgotten Beautyp. 47
To his Heart, bidding it have no Fearp. 48
Windle-Strews: II Out of the Old Daysp. 49
The Valley of the Black Pigp. 49
The Secret Rosep. 50
The Travail of Passionp. 51
The Lover pleads with his Friend for Old Friendsp. 51
The Lover speaks to the Hearers of his Songs in Coming Daysp. 52
He wishes his Beloved were Deadp. 52
He wishes for the Cloths of Heavenp. 53
He thinks of his Past Greatness when a Part of the Constellations of Heavenp. 53
[I walked among the seven woods of Coole]p. 54
In the Seven Woodsp. 56
The Folly of Being Comfortedp. 56
Adam's Cursep. 57
Red Hanrahan's Song about Irelandp. 59
[Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland]p. 59
[Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland]p. 60
The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Waterp. 61
O Do Not Love Too Longp. 61
[The friends that have it I do wrong]p. 62
A Women Horner Sungp. 63
Wordsp. 64
No Second Troyp. 64
Reconciliationp. 65
Against Unworthy Praisep. 65
The Fascination of What's Difficultp. 66
The Coming of Wisdom with Timep. 67
On hearing that the Students of our New University have joined the Agitation against Immoral Literaturep. 67
The Maskp. 67
Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitationp. 68
At the Abbey Theatrep. 69
These are the Cloudsp. 69
At Galway Racesp. 70
All Things can Tempt Mep. 70
Brown Pennyp. 71
[Pardon, old fathers, if you still remain]p. 72
September 1913p. 73
To a Friend whose Work has come to Nothingp. 74
Paudeenp. 74
To a Shadep. 75
Beggar to Beggar Criedp. 76
Running to Paradise: I The Witchp. 78
Running to Paradise: II The Peacockp. 78
The Mountain Tomb: I To A Child Dancing in the Windp. 79
The Mountain Tomb: II Two Years Laterp. 80
A Memory of Youthp. 80
Fallen Majestyp. 81
The Cold Heavenp. 82
The Magip. 83
A Coatp. 83
[A woman's beauty is like a white]p. 84
The Wild Swans at Coolep. 85
In Memory of Major Robert Gregoryp. 86
An Irish Airman Foresees his Deathp. 89
Men Improve with the Yearsp. 90
The Collar-Bone of a Harep. 91
Solomon to Shebap. 91
The Living Beautyp. 92
A Songp. 93
The Scholarsp. 93
Lines Written in Dejectionp. 94
The Dawnp. 94
On Womanp. 95
The Fishermanp. 96
Memoryp. 98
Her Praisep. 98
The Peoplep. 99
A Thought from Propertiusp. 100
A Deep-sworn Vowp. 100
Presencesp. 101
On being asked for a War Poemp. 101
Upon a Dying Lady: I Her Courtesyp. 102
Upon a Dying Lady: II Certain Artists bring her Dolls and Drawingsp. 102
Upon a Dying Lady: III She turns the Dolls' Faces to the Wallp. 103
Upon a Dying Lady : IV The End of Dayp. 103
Upon a Dying Lady : V Her Racep. 104
Upon a Dying Lady : VI Her Couragep. 104
Upon a Dying Lady : VII Her Fiends bring her a Christmas Treep. 105
Ego Dominus Tuusp. 105
The Phases of the Moonp. 108
The Double Vision of Michael Robartesp. 113
Reprisals (first published in 1948)p. 115
An Image from a Past Lifep. 117
Under Saturnp. 118
Easter 1916p. 119
Sixteen Dead Menp. 122
On a Political Prisonerp. 122
The Leaders of the Crowdp. 123
The Second Comingp. 124
A Prayer for my Daughterp. 125
Sailing to Byzantiump. 128
The Towerp. 129
Meditations in Time of Civil War: I Ancestral Housesp. 135
Meditations in Time of Civil War: II My Housesp. 136
Meditations in Time of Civil War: III My Tablep. 137
Meditations in Time of Civil War: IV My Descendantsp. 138
Meditations in Time of Civil War: V The Road at my Doorp. 139
Meditations in Time of Civil War: VI The Stare's Nest by my Windowp. 139
Meditations in Time of Civil War: VII I see Phantoms of Hatred and of the Heart's Fullness and of the Coming Emptinessp. 140
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteenp. 142
The Wheelp. 147
The New Facesp. 147
Two Songs from a Playp. 147
Fragmentsp. 149
Leds and the Swanp. 149
On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulacp. 150
Among School Childrenp. 151
The Hero, the Girl, and the Foolp. 153
Cuchulain the Girl and the Foolp. 155
All Souls' Nightp. 156
In Memory of Eve Gore-Booth and Con Markiewiczp. 160
Deathp. 161
A Dialogue of Self and Soulp. 162
Blood and the Moonp. 164
Oil and Bloodp. 166
The Nineteenth Century and Afterp. 167
The Seven Sagesp. 167
The Crazed Moonp. 168
Cools Park, 1929p. 169
Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931p. 170
At Algeciras - A Meditation upon Deathp. 172
Byzantiump. 173
The Mother of Godp. 174
Vacillationp. 175
The Resuks of Thoughtp. 178
Remorse for Intemperate Speechp. 179
Words for Music Perhaps: I Crazy Jane and the Bishopp. 180
Words for Music Perhaps: III Crazy Jane on the Day of Judgmentp. 181
Words for Music Perhaps: IV Crazy Jane and Jack the Journeymanp. 181
Words for Music Perhaps: V Crazy Jane on Godp. 182
Words for Music Perhaps: VI Crazy Jane talks with the Bishopp. 183
Words for Music Perhaps: VII Crazy Jane Grown Old looks at the Dancersp. 183
Words for Music Perhaps: X Her Anxietyp. 184
Words for Music Perhaps: XVII After Long Silencep. 184
Words for Music Perhaps: XXV The Delphic Oracle upon Plotinusp. 185
A Woman Young and Old: VIII Her Vision in the Woodp. 185
A Woman Young and Old: IX A Last Confessionp. 186
Parnell's Funeralp. 188
A Prayer for Old Agep. 189
Supernatural Song: I Ribh at the Tomb of Baile and Aillinnp. 190
Supernatural Song: V Ribh considers Christian Love insufficientp. 191
Supernatural Song: VIII Whence had they come?p. 192
Supernatural Song: XII Merup. 192
The Gyresp. 194
Lapis Lazulip. 195
The Lady's First Songp. 196
The Lady's Second Songp. 197
An Acre of Grassp. 198
What Then?p. 198
Beautiful Lofty Thingsp. 199
A Crazed Girlp. 200
The Curse of Cromwellp. 201
The Great Dayp. 202
Parnellp. 202
The Spurp. 203
The Municipal Gallery Revisitedp. 203
Are You Content?p. 205
Why should not Old Men be Mad?p. 207
Crazy Jane on the Mountainp. 207
Under Ben Bulbenp. 209
The Black Towerp. 212
Cuchulain Comfortedp. 213
The Statuesp. 214
News for the Delphic Oraclep. 215
Long-legged Flyp. 217
A Bronze Headp. 218
John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs. Mary Moorep. 219
High Talkp. 220
The Man and the Echop. 221
The Circus Animals' Desertionp. 223
Politicsp. 224
From 'Speaking to the Psaltery'p. 225
Notesp. 229
Bibliographyp. 303
Index of First Linesp. 311
Index of Titlesp. 317
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ISBN: 9780141181257
ISBN-10: 0141181257
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 25th May 2000
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1