The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats

The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats By W.B. Yeats, The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats Subtitle Consisting of Reveries over Childhood and Youth The Trembling of the Veil and Dramatis Personae
  • Title: The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats
  • Author: W.B. Yeats
  • ISBN: 9780020555803
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats By W.B. Yeats, Subtitle Consisting of Reveries over Childhood and Youth The Trembling of the Veil and Dramatis Personae.
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    1. W.B. Yeats

      William Butler Yeats pronounced je ts 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 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 from

    406 thoughts on “The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats”

    1. Here is why I find this book interesting and valuable In a prefatory note, Yeats writes, I am writing after many years and have consulted neither friend, nor letter, nor old newspaper, and describe what comes oftenest into my memory This makes for an almost casual structure to the work and is something akin to sitting and listening to Yeats recollect as he pleases and not according to any outline or plan The ideal reader of the book would be well read in the history of Ireland in the late 19th a [...]

    2. This is one of those books you want to chip away at It s not really an autobiography, but an anthology of autobiographical essays, bits from journals, speeches, etc That means Yeats assumes that any one reading these pieces will already have a vested interest in and familiarity with his subjects He refers to contemporary people and political situations that average readers simply won t be familiar with And his discussions of the various Theosophical initiatives are infused with metaphors and sym [...]

    3. Er well, this is awkward I love Yeats s Celtic Twilight I love his poetry I love his collections of Irish folklore I haven t tried reading his plays yet I thought I would give his autobiography a chance I made it some 50 or 55 pages in before finally giving up Sorry, Yeats, but your childhood really wasn t all that exciting

    4. One of my favorite quotes Later I heard him talk of her as a man talk of something he cannot keep silence over because it is in all his thoughts I m positive I read this for some course.

    5. Why don t college professors tell you that Yeats believed in magic when they have you read his poems Kind of important Don t ya think

    6. This book is not so much an intended autobiography as it is a collection of autobiographical writings that cover a large portion of the great poet s life As such, there is some repetition of incidents, but they are individually and collectively instructive as there are nuances revealed about the writer in his reactions and opinions at the stage of life when the comments were penned The same can be said about the friends, acquaintances and family members mentioned in the writings An evolutionary [...]

    7. Mr Yeats definitely lived in some interesting times It s probably a good thing to know something about Ireland from that time to better appreciate the book but one can still enjoy it for what it is My only wish was that he would of talked about his involvement with the Golden Dawn He touched on meeting Mathers and being involved with him and some of his own experiments but that s it.

    8. an excellent collection of work to cobble together to make an autobiography worth reading just for the journal extracts 2 3 of the way in.

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