The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by W.B. Yeats

The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats includes all of the poems authorized by Yeats for inclusion in his standard canon. Breathtaking in range, it encompasses the entire arc of his career, from luminous reworking of ancient Irish myths and legends to passionate meditations on the demands and rewards of youth and old age, from exquisite, occasionally whimsical songs of love, nature, and art to somber and angry poems of life in a nation torn by war an...

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TitleThe Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
Release DateSep 9th, 1996
Number of pages544 pages
GenrePoetry, Classics, European Literature, Irish Literature, Cultural, Ireland, Literature

Reviews The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

  • Lisa
    "For books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately." This quote from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own comes to my mind when I sit down to have a closer look at one of my favourite poets. For it wasn’t Yeats I was searching for when I went through my shelves today. It was Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe’s classic novel. Seeing Yeats in the shelf, however, I remembered that the title is from his famous poem ...
  • Szplug
    Not everything in here works for me, but Yeats is never less than a pleasure to read. As others have remarked upon, he's what one might describe as a proper poet: his rhythmic structure and rhymes flow off of the reading tongue—and at his best, he cannot be touched for the ariose beauty of his lyrical genius. Before the World Was MadeIf I make the lashes dark And the eyes more bright And the lips more scarlet, Or ask if all be right From mirror...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    To a child dancing in the windDance there upon the shore;What need have you to careFor wind or water's roar?And tumble out your hairThat the salt drops have wet;Being young you have not knownThe fool's triumph, nor yetLove lost as soon as wonNor the best labourer deadAnd all the sheaves to bindWhat need have you to dreadThe monstrous crying of the wind?
  • Matt
    Yeats, Yeats, what can you say?Ireland. Mysticism. Longing. Despair. PO-etry!This is a surprisingly consistent, formidable, subtle and wide ranging oeuvre and I'm not the only person to have overheard the suggestion that Yeats was the greatest poet of the 20th Century. Lets not forget the influence. Not only in Ireland but in elsewhere, as part of some variation on the human cultural inheritance. As far as I can tell, there were at least three ma...
  • John Doe
    I told my friend Nichole yesterday that I wasn't planning to live a long life. She said, "Why do you say that?" And I mumbled something about rock stars and creative people. But, I feel that I can become an old man when I read Yeats. This is a favorite:When You are OldWHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep...
  • Manny
    My favourite piece of Yeats, which I've known since I was a teenager. I've never really figured out what it means, but I think it's wonderful all the same:Rose of all Roses, Rose of all the World! You, too, have come where the dim tides are hurled Upon the wharves of sorrow, and heard ring The bell that calls us on; the sweet far thing. Beauty grown sad with its eternity Made you of us, and of the dim grey sea. Our long ships loose thought-woven ...
  • Katie
    The reason everyone digs Shakespeare is not because he was the greatest writer in the modern English language, or because he was even the greatest playwright, but because he had a nice way of putting things, and people like to apply his pithy sentiments to their own lives. This is stupid, and I've never subscribed to the idea that you can or should evaluate literature based on its relation to or resonance with your own life and experience. If you...
  • Liz Janet
    The woods of Arcady are dead,And over is their antique joy;Of old the world on dreaming fed;Grey Truth is now her painted toy;Yet still she turns her restless head:Everything he writes is beauty personified, from his love poems to his Irish mythology. We sat grown quiet at the name of love; We saw the last embers of daylight die, And in the trembling blue-green of the sky A moon, worn as if it had been a shell Washed by time’s waters as they ro...
  • Rosa Jamali
    ییتس به فارسیبرگردان : رُزا جمالیدریا نوردی به سمت بیزانس1اینجا سرزمینی برای مردی پیر نیستجوانان در کنار هم اند و پرندگانی در درختاننسلی رو به مرگدر آوازهایشقزل آلایی که به زمین می افتد، دریاهایی از گورماهی هاگوشتی از ماهی یا ماکیان در تمامِ طول تا...
  • Madeline
    I like Yeats, I think. Mostly because he likes Irish mythology and writes lots of poems about it - a basic knowledge of Irish myths is helpful, but not totally necessary.One of my favorites, for sheer Icky But Awesome Factor, is Leda and the Swan. My class spent nearly an hour discussing it and I almost understand it. "LEDA AND THE SWANA sudden blow: the great wings beating stillAbove the staggering girl, her thighs caressedBy the dark webs, her ...
  • Libby
    Aaah W.B, you were my first love! The first poet that ever made me cry real tears purely from the beauty of words. I travelled from the other side of the world to visit your grave and leave you flowers as thanks. It is very hard to pick a favourite poem but if pressed on the subject I guess it would be:He Wishes for the Cloths of HeavenHad I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with the golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the ...
  • Douglas Wilson
    Frequently did not know what was going on, but enjoyed many wonderful phrases and images. An endless wood, full of Celtic twilight.
  • Alan
    I have given hourlong recitations of Yeats's poems, among the easiest to recall in English; for example, his tetrameters in the late "Under Ben Bulben" which contains his epitaph. I defy you to say this aloud three times without knowing most of it by heart: "Whether man dies in his bed,/ Or the rifle knocks him dead,/ A brief parting from those dear/ Is the worst man has to fear." And his own epitaph is memorable, "Cast a cold eye/ On life, on de...
  • Bruce
    If it were possible to award a book six stars out of a possible five, I would award it for this volume. I purchased this book last month in Galway, Ireland, and believe that it is not yet available in the US. The book contains Yeats’ complete and unabridged verse, exclusive of his plays. All the poems are arranged chronologically, and if one knows the poet’s biography it is thus easy to recognize allusions in the verses to what might otherwis...
  • Nikoline
    The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by William Butler Yeats has a gift for language even when the subject of his poetry devolves into repetition of Irish myths. His way with words is admirable, and even though I am not very religious, his poems about God and angles really got to me. There is no doubt that he is a Shakespeare with his words, but he is still rather good and very enjoyable on rainy days. My favourite poem also happens to be written by...
  • Nick Black
    When you hear a slouchIn your neighborhoodWhat troubles your sight?SPIRITUS MUNDI!(I ain't afraid of no rough beasts!)
  • Hadrian
    Beautiful. I regularly return to this collection and reread them at random, out loud, to savor the language - a sign of poetry done right.
  • Mo
    He's conceited. He's an elitist. He's sexist. He's more than a little crazy. But he's also a genius so we'll forgive him all that. That's what my Yeats teacher told me anyways!
  • Edward
    PrefaceIntroduction Lyrical Crossways (1889)--The Song of the Happy Shepherd--The Sad Shepherd--The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes--Anashuya and Vijaya--The Indian upon God--The Indian to his Love--The Falling of the Leaves--Ephemera--The Madness of King Goll--The Stolen Child--To an Isle in the Water--Down by the Salley Gardens--The Meditation of the Old Fisherman--The Ballad of Father O'Hart--The Ballad of Moll Magee--The Ballad of the Foxhunte...
  • Shane
    "Words alone are certain good."
  • Claudia Ciardi
    There are in history so huge personalities, so creative and rich minds that they inlet at a deeper level the normal progress of arts and change without solution the direction of its stream.Of Dante Eliot said: Dante’s is a visual imagination.Of Yeats we can say that his poetry is visionary matter in a symbolic motion.All Yeats’ art could be read as a “formula alchemica” and we’re led on this path of symbols which feeds the visual associ...
  • James
    I have enjoyed the poetry of William Butler Yeats for many years as evidenced by my well-worn copy of his Complete Poems. But there is more to enjoy when considering this protean author for throughout his long life, William Butler Yeats produced important works in every literary genre, works of astonishing range, energy, erudition, beauty, and skill. His early poetry is memorable and moving. His poems and plays of middle age address the human con...
  • Jamie
    Some beautiful poems on life, aging and love. Some of my favorites:- The sad shepherd- Ephemera- Down by the salley gardens- The white birds- He wishes for the cloths of heaven- Beggar to beggar cried- To a child dancing in the wind- Shepherd and goatherd- A prayer for my daughter- Meditations in time of civil war- Words for music perhaps - XV Three thingsTwo poems I will quote:He wishes for the cloths of heavenHad I the heaves' embroidered cloth...
  • Biblio Curious
    W.B. Yeats bought a signed 1st edition of Ulysses! Yeat's poetry is deeply philosophical and moving. A Dialogue of Self and Soul is still a top favorite poem of all time for me.Reference for 1st edition info:
  • Felicity
    I discovered Years last year during a university English unit. I am not a big fan of poetry but something about Yeats really resonated with me.
  • Arron
    Yeats is the grumpy, head-shaking, Irish Grandpa I never had, and to be frank, that's probably something i'm slightly grateful for. If this anthology was personified, It would be a swan-headed elderly man shaking his walking stick and grimly staring at the outside world with scorn. Either that, or Dora the Explorer. Take your preference.Self-isolating, graced with a rather evasive superiority complex, and often pessimistic to the core, it is Yeat...
  • Polly
    I picked this one because I like poems , also the cover looked good so I read it and it was good!
  • Katie Herring
    I am familiar with many of Yeats' poems, and rereading those was quite joyous. Overall, however, Yeats is difficult; it's beautiful, yes, but I like understanding as well. I read this entire collection (including the narratives), and as a whole, I can't say I'm in love. For me, I have to have a firm understanding of the poem before I can like it. And, that's hard to do on my own. My poetry class was great-- if that teacher could teach this anthol...
  • Francisco Tapiador
    I still cannot read 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' without being transported to another (better) place. Yeats' integral contains amazing verses such as 'When you are old and grey and full of sleep,' and poems such as 'An Irish Airman Foresees His Death' which I cannot resist to quote below. The only problem with WB Yeats in that you cannot translate it to any other language. Well, OK, you cannot actually properly translate any good poetry, but WBY ...