Yeatss Poetic Codes

Hardcover | December 6, 2008

byNicholas Grene

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Nicholas Grene explores Yeats's poetic codes of practice, the key words and habits of speech that shape the reading experience of his poetry. Where previous studies have sought to decode his work, expounding its symbolic meanings by references to Yeats's occult beliefs, philosophical ideas orpolitical ideology, the focus here is on his poetic technique, its typical forms and their implications for the understanding of the poems. Grene is concerned with the distinctive stylistic signatures of the Collected Poems: the use of dates and place names within individual poems; the handling ofdemonstratives and of grammatical tense and mood; certain nodal Yeatsian words ('dream', 'bitter', 'sweet') and images (birds and beasts); dialogue and monologue as the voices of his dramatic lyrics. The aim throughout is to illustrate the shifting and unstable movement between lived reality andtranscendental thought in Yeats, the embodied quality of his poetry between a phenomenal world of sight and an imagined world of vision.

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Nicholas Grene explores Yeats's poetic codes of practice, the key words and habits of speech that shape the reading experience of his poetry. Where previous studies have sought to decode his work, expounding its symbolic meanings by references to Yeats's occult beliefs, philosophical ideas orpolitical ideology, the focus here is on his...

Nicholas Grene is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, where he is Professor of English Literature. He has published widely on Irish drama and on Shakespeare. His books include iBernard Shaw: A Critical View/i (1984), iShakespeare's Tragic Imagination/i (1992), iThe Politics of Irish Drama/i (1999), and iShakespeare's Serial History Pl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199234779

ISBN - 13:9780199234776

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Dates2. This and that, here and there3. Dream4. Place names5. Beasts and birds6. Tense and mood7. Voices8. Bitter/sweetConclusion: ... but half...BibliographyIndex of poems discussedGeneral Index