W. B. Yeats

Standard Name: Yeats, W. B.
Used Form: William Butler Yeats
Used Form: Willie Yeats
WBY , who began publishing well before the end of the nineteenth century, is regarded as one of the most important twentieth-century poets in English, and one of the most international of Irish writers. He was early involved in the Irish Literary Revival, and wrote early, highly romantic lyrics on Celtic and fairy themes. Later he made poetry out of the search for a poetic language. Some of his later work is affected by his interest in the occult.


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Intertextuality and Influence Sylvia Kantaris
Other poems are self-referential examinations of poetry and writing. The Recluse describes the inability of the contemporary poet to present in verse (like the unnamed William Wordsworth ) the rustic tale of a chance-met old...
Intertextuality and Influence Edith Lyttelton
Its chapters include Symbols and their Use, Mind Pictures, Dreams, and Knowledge of Future Events. The latter contains a discussion of foreknowledge in automatic writing and utterance, using the example of...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
JFLW gave two different accounts of what had made her a poet. In one, it was reading The Nation's Valentine, To the Ladies of Ireland, in which Richard D'Alton Williams urged Irishwomen to sing...
Leisure and Society Dorothy Wellesley
She had the dining room at Penns decorated by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant . They did three big wall panels each, plus designing furniture. The work was finished in 1931.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
4: 156
While not...
Leisure and Society Katharine Tynan
This same year KT attended a meeting of the Browning Society (founded in the summer of 1881) at which she met George Bernard Shaw .
Tynan, Katharine. Twenty-Five Years: Reminiscences. Smith, Elder, 1913.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Robert Browning (1812-1889)
W. B. Yeats 's father...
Literary responses Teresa Deevy
Lennox Robinson and Frank O'Connor remained strong supporters of TD 's stage writing, but W. B. Yeats felt she was wrong not to accept more help with revision. A study of her plays by John Jordan
Literary responses Katharine Tynan
In his review for the Evening Herald, W. B. Yeats judged that this volume was well nigh in all things a thoroughly Irish book, springing straight from the Celtic mind and pouring itself out...
Literary responses Seamus Heaney
Motion mentions the famous comparison of Heaney with Yeats , and observes that they shared a commitment to the matter of Ireland, but that Heaney eschews Yeats's cloudy symbols for an investment in the...
Literary responses Dorothy Wellesley
Yeats 's introduction praised her for uniting a modern subject and vocabulary with traditional richness.
Yeats, W. B., and Dorothy Wellesley. “Introduction”. Selections from the Poems of Dorothy Wellesley, Macmillan, 1936, p. vii - xv.
As well as Horses, he particularly praised Matrix.
Literary responses Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
The Academy gave a favourable review but found the preface unclear. William Butler Yeats admired the book,
Melville, Joy. Mother of Oscar. John Murray, 1999.
and wrote that it revealed the innermost heart of the Celt.
Melville, Joy. Mother of Oscar. John Murray, 1999.
Literary responses Katharine Tynan
W. B. Yeats , to whom KT had sent a copy of this volume, wrote, you are at your best when you write as a mother and when you remember your old home and the...
Literary responses John Millington Synge
The first audiences hated what they perceived as the scandalously negative portrayal of Irish character. Actresses on stage in their shifts or undergarments were felt to be indelicate and damaging to national pride.
Benson, Eugene. J. M. Synge. Macmillan, 1982.
12-13, 113, 115
Literary responses Augusta Gregory
The play was very well received, drawing large and enthusiastic audiences. From the beginning, critics recognized its hypnotic effect and its potential to stir audiences to violence. One reviewer, Stephen Gwynn , questioned whether such...
Literary responses Martin Ross
Most of the reviews were excellent, but the Westminster Gazette gave the book a furious tearing.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
Just from excerpts quoted in reviews, W. B. Yeats judged the book to be very big.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
Literary responses Augusta Gregory
W. B. Yeats felt that she alone of the Abbey playwrights wrote out of a spirit of pure comedy, and laugh[ed] without bitterness and with no thought but to laugh.
Saddlemyer, Ann. In Defence of Lady Gregory, Playwright. Dufour Editions, 1966.


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