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Modern Poetry - Lecture 4

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Lecture 4 - William Butler Yeats

The early poetry of William Butler Yeats is read and interpreted with particular attention paid to Yeats's ambitions as a specifically Irish poet. Yeats's commitment to a poetry of symbol is explored in "The Song of the Wandering Aengus," a fable of poetic vocation. "A Coat," composed at the end of Yeats's struggle to bring about an Irish national theater, shows the poet reconceiving his style and in search of a new audience. "The Fisherman" is read as a revision of "The Song of the Wandering Aengus" which reflects this new set of concerns.

Prof. Langdon Hammer
Modern Poetry, Spring 2007
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2009-11-08
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Lecture Material

Supplementary lecture material is listed below.

1. Handout 4: W.B. Yeats (pdf)
2. Section Activity: W.B. Yeats (pdf)



 

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