This compelling collection spans Yeats's career: from the poems of his early years, which display his interest in Irish myths and his hopeless passion for Irish patriot Maud Gonne, to the soaring, majestic poems of his old age. Works of precision, economy and sensuous, lyrical beauty, they include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "The Wild Swans at Coole," "Byzantium," and "Leda and the Swan."
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by Susan Butler
by Dori Hillestad Butler
by William Shakespeare
by William Hauptman
by William Ritter
by William W. Johnstone
"These 52 pieces span the poet's entire career but predominately invoke the image of a man looking back with resolve at circumstances altered by time's passage. The overriding mood is a stoic, mild melancholy. One notable exception is "The Fiddler of Dooney." T.P. McKenna matches its energy with a brighter, less formal character voice than any he employs for the other selections. The remainder he delivers in variations of a refined yet unadorned straightforward style that reflects the inner voice of Yeats quite well. McKenna's dulcet tones are authentically Irish, entirely intelligible to American ears, and absolutely worthy to this task. D.J. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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