THE PERMANENCE OF YEATS by

THE PERMANENCE OF YEATS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A symposium of critical essays, almost all commendatory, on the writings of William Butler Yeats,- poetry, prose and drama. The contributors, all of whose pieces have been previously published, include such outstanding names as Edmund Wilson, R. P. Blackmur, T.S. Eliot, Spender, Auden, as well as a dozen others prominent in the field of criticism. yeats, who was first thought of- by the general public- as a dreamy pre-raphaelite interested in the Celtic revival, and later as a poet too obscure and esoteric to be understood, has recently come into his own and been acknowledged as the great poet of this century. Since he is in many ways obscure, this volume of accumulated observations and explanations, by the most sensitive critical minds of our times, serves a real purpose. It not only illuminates with great skill the meaning of Yeats' fascinating works, but seems to silence the popular thesis that because a post is difficult he cannot be great. Yeats was demonstrably both. A volume for all interested in Yeats, and one which contains some outstanding examples of contemporary critical writing.

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 1949
Publisher: Macmillan