WB Yeats

Yeats is an important figure in establishing Irish independence and nationalism, a founding father as it were. Roy Foster srgues that examining big house architecture is one way of understanding “the ethos of the Protestant Ascendancy” (215). Foster specifically links Yeats’s interest in the occult to his desire to revive and celebrate the Protestant Ascendancy. [...]

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Louis MacNeice argues that a study of W.B Yeats’s development is a study in his self-rejuvenation. He argues that Yeats was influenced by Walter Pater in doctrine and practice, though he diverged from this as he matured as a poet. He observes that Yeats revised his poetry often in his later career, trying to endow [...]

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Quote of the Week: W.H. Auden on William Butler Yeats

by Anna Blanch on September 8, 2008

Auden is often quoted as saying that if one wants to learn about poetry they should throw their copy of Yeats out the window. Indeed, Auden was pretty hard on Yeats, even though i think it was a love/hate kind of thing – he wanted to dismiss him and to rail against his poetry but [...]

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