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Yeats's Poetry in the Making
Sing Whatever Is Well Made
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
16 Jul 2010
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This book traces the creative process in Yeats's writing, in his making and remaking of verse, and in the development of a whole body of work during the last forty years of his life. Lyrical and philosophical poetry, verse-drama, the shifting contexts of personal and political events - including controversy, world and civil war, and a large dose of artistic experimentation - are all dealt with here. The book is illustrated and loaded with unpublished material, including the extant remains of Yeats's ambitious but unfinished 'fifth play for dancers', based on the local legends of Ballylee that Yeats made his own. The book addresses overlooked or inadequately presented findings in Yeats studies and brings to light much wholly new matter, including a comprehensive 'Chronology' of the composition of poems, the first since Ellmann's The Identity of Yeats. The book welcomes newcomers interested in detailed narratives about poetry 'well-made' and life well-lived.


Description

This book traces the creative process in Yeats's writing, in his making and remaking of verse, and in the development of a whole body of work during the last forty years of his life. Lyrical and philosophical poetry, verse-drama, the shifting contexts of personal and political events - including controversy, world and civil war, and a large dose of artistic experimentation - are all dealt with here. The book is illustrated and loaded with unpublished material, including the extant remains of Yeats's ambitious but unfinished 'fifth play for dancers', based on the local legends of Ballylee that Yeats made his own. The book addresses overlooked or inadequately presented findings in Yeats studies and brings to light much wholly new matter, including a comprehensive 'Chronology' of the composition of poems, the first since Ellmann's The Identity of Yeats. The book welcomes newcomers interested in detailed narratives about poetry 'well-made' and life well-lived.


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'...[an] engaging, informative study..' - CHOICE


Contents



List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements 
List of Abbreviations
Poetic Themes Are Plants That Grow: The Process of Making and Remaking Verse
The 'Countess Cathleen Row' of 1899, Later Revisions, and Poems (1901-1929)
The Annotated Responsibilities: Errors in the Variorum Edition and a New Reading of the Genesis of Two Poems, On those that hated The Playboy of the Western World, 1907 and The New Faces
Yeats's Displaced Rebellion Poems and the Great War: The Case of The Wild Swans at Coole and Michael Robartes and the Dancer
Guardians of the Tower and Stream: Yeats's Unfinished Fifth Play for Dancers, 1918-1923
The Miltonic Crux of The Phases of the Moon and News for the Delphic Oracle
Blake, Swedenborg, and A Vision: A Case for Recombinate Influence
The Municipal Gallery Re-visited and Its Writing
W. B. and George Yeats: The Writing, Editing, and Dating of Yeats's Poems of the Mid 1920s and 1930s
Appendix A: A Chronology of the Composition of the Poems
Appendix B: Yeats's Unfinished Fifth Play for Dancers, 1918-1923 
Notes
Select Bibliography


Authors


WAYNE K. CHAPMAN is Professor of English at Clemson University, USA. He is the author of Yeats and English Renaissance Literature (Macmillan, 1991), and co-edited no.15 in the Yeats Annual series, Yeats's Collaborations (2002). He has co-edited two volumes for the Cornell Yeats Manuscript series, The Countess Cathleen: Manuscript Materials (1999) and The Dreaming of the Bones and Calvary: Manuscript Materials (2003). He is also Editor of the South Carolina Review and Executive Editor of Clemson University Digital Press.