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Book Title: Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats|
The author of the book: W.B. Yeats
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Edition: Barnes & Noble
Date of issue: January 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780760719114
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The Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats brings together sixty-one poems by the most widely read and widely admired of all modern poets who have written in English. Here are many of his greatest poems including "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "The Sorrow of Love," "The Stolen Child," "The Secret Rose," "No Second Troy," and "The Magi." These are poems filled with passion-the passion of love, the passion of the soul, and the passion of creativity. Every poem speaks from the heart, for Yeats is first and foremost a poet of the human heart, and nowhere can we find better proof of this fact than in the poems selected for this volume.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Butler Yeats (pronounced /ˈjeɪts/) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, serving as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." He was the first Irishman so honored. Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929).
Yeats was born and educated in Dublin but spent his childhood in County Sligo. He studied poetry in his youth, and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Those topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and those slow paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser and Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as to the Pre-Raphaelite poets. From 1900, Yeats' poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life.
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