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Modern Poetry - Lecture 6

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Lecture 6 - William Butler Yeats (cont) III

Yeats's late poetry is discussed and interpreted. The poet's interest in human knowledge and its relationship to the body, particularly the aging body, is traced from "Leda and the Swan" to "Sailing to Byzantium," "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz," "Two Songs from a Play," and "Vacillation." Yeats's late interest in the experiences of joy, madness, and "gaiety" is examined in "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop." Yeats's de-mystifying attitude toward art in "The Circus Animals' Destruction" is contrasted with his celebration of art in "Lapis Lazuli."

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. Section Activity: W.B. Yeats (pdf)



 

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