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W. B. Yeats

(1865—1939) poet

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Ideas of Good and Evil

Ideas of Good and Evil  

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(1903), a volume of early essays by W. B. Yeats. ‘The Autumn of the Body’ is written in a mannered and allusive style. ‘The Symbolism of Poetry’ proposes that symbols ...
King's Threshold

King's Threshold  

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(1903), a play by W. B. Yeats, in which the poet Seanchan goes on hunger-strike against the king Guaire.
Wanderings of Oisin

Wanderings of Oisin  

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(1889), a long poem by W. B. Yeats, recounting the adventures of Oisín, the poet of the Fionn cycle. The warrior son of Fionn, he spends 300 years in the ...
Wind Among the Reeds

Wind Among the Reeds  

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(1899), a collection of poems by W. B. Yeats, heavy with symbolism and driven by sensuality and frustration, reflecting his love affair with Olivia Shakespear, and his unrequited passion for Maud ...
A Vision

A Vision  

A prose work by W. B. Yeats, originally published privately in 1925 and made generally available in considerably revised form in 1937. In A Packet for Ezra Pound (1929), which ...
Words Upon the Window Pane

Words Upon the Window Pane  

A: W. B. Yeats Pf: 1930, Dublin Pb: 1934 G: Drama in 1 act S: Lodging house, Dublin, 1930s C: 4m, 3fThe Dublin Spiritualists' Association is about to hold a seance in rooms once visited by Stella, ...
Herne's Egg

Herne's Egg  

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(published 1938), a verse play by W. B. Yeats, remotely based on Samuel Ferguson's epic Congal (1872) and telling how Congal steals eggs from a heron's nest and dies at ...
Green Helmet

Green Helmet  

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(1910), a play by W. B. Yeats, first performed in a prose version under the title The Golden Helmet at the Abbey Theatre in 1908. Based on Fled Bricrenn, it ...
King of the Great Clock Tower

King of the Great Clock Tower  

A: W. B. Yeats Pf: 1934, Dublin Pb: 1938 G: Drama in 1 act; blank verse and 3- and 4-stressed lines S: The King's palace, in the mythical past C: 4m, 1fThe King of the Great Clock Tower complains yet ...
Cathleen ni Houlihan

Cathleen ni Houlihan  

AT: Kathleen ni Houlihan A: W. B. Yeats Pf: 1902, Dublin Pb: 1902 G: Drama in 1 act; prose and songs S: Cottage near Killala, Ireland, 1798 C: 3m, 3f, extrasMichael Gillane is preparing for his ...
Tower

Tower  

A collection of verse by W. B. Yeats, published in 1928, which contains a number of his best-known poems and marks the beginning of the final and most masterly phase ...
Where There Is Nothing

Where There Is Nothing  

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(published 1902, performed 1904), a prose play written jointly by W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, and Douglas Hyde. The play concerns Paul Ruttledge, a landlord who joins a band of ...
Countess Cathleen

Countess Cathleen  

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A play in blank verse by Yeats, published 1892. It is based on the story of Countess Kathleen O'Shea told in Yeats's compilation Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888). The scene is laid ...
Celtic Twilight

Celtic Twilight  

A collection of stories by Yeats, published 1893, illustrating the mysticism of the Irish and their belief in fairies, ghosts, and spirits. It has since become a generic phrase (slightly ironical) ...
responsibility

responsibility  

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Socially, peoples’ responsibilities are those things for which they are accountable; failure to discharge a responsibility renders one liable to some censure or penalty. A job, or profession, or ...

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