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The Tower (utgåvan 1929)

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From reviews of The Cornell Yeats series: "For students of Yeats the whole series is bound to become an essential reference source and a stimulus to important critical re-readings of Yeats's major works. In a wider context, the series will also provide an extraordinary and perhaps unique insight into the creative process of a great artist."--Irish Literary Supplement "I consider the Cornell Yeats one of the most important scholarly projects of our time."--A. Walton Litz, Princeton University, coeditor of The Collected Poems of William Carols Williams and Personae: The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound "The most ambitious of the many important projects in current studies of Yeats and perhaps of modern poetry generally.... The list of both general and series editors, as well as prospective preparers of individual volumes, reads like a Who's Who of Yeats textual studies in North America. Further, the project carries the blessing of Yeats's heirs and bespeaks an ongoing commitment from a major university press.... The series will inevitably engender critical studies based on a more solid footing than those of any other modern poet.... Its volumes will be consulted long after gyres of currently fashionable theory have run on."--Yeats Annual (1983) W. B. Yeats's The Tower, first published in 1928 and later revised a number of times, arrived in its final form after many years of dedicated labor. Yeats here is concerned with the "rooting of mythology in the earth," binding almost every poem to the image of Thoor Ballylee, the building in the west of Ireland that he saw as a permanent symbol of his work. Still considered one of the seminal volumes of modern poetry, its themes are both intensely personal and determinedly universal: old age and its attendant problems, the relationship between Nature and Art, the natural and the supernatural or spiritual, the self and the world. In her unsigned review of the collection, Virginia Woolf was to declare, "Mr Yeats has never written more exactly and more passionately." Yet the poet was never satisfied, and in this volume we can trace the alterations, some subtle and others startling, of the hard-earned technique resulting in such major works as "Sailing to Byzantium," "Among School Children," "Leda and the Swan," and "Meditations in Time of Civil War." Materials include transcriptions and photographs of the earliest recoverable drafts and selected transcriptions from the most interesting manuscripts and annotated typescripts. Collations of closely related materials, including printed readings preceding the 1928 volume, are attached to transcriptions of the texts to which they lead or from which they stem. Appendixes reveal the different ordering of titles in The Tower that Yeats provided both before and after 1928.… (mer)
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Titel:The Tower
Författare:William Butler Yeats (Författare)
Info:London : Macmillan and Co., 1929.
Samlingar:Kingston University, Library at Oxford
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I read this collection because my high school junior has begun learning "Secrets of the Old," the only poem of Yeats's that Samuel Barber set to music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MORVsHMmAP4

"Secrets of the Old" is one of the few poems in the collection that can be mistaken for upbeat, or at very least nostalgic--and yet these more happy interpretations of this poem are incorrect, I think. While "Secrets" is not a lament, it's utterly sad. The speaker expresses the solitude of age--everyone has died except three old women, one of whom has lost her mind. Everything that once seemed vital--especially old loves--are gone and forgotten by all but these three women. Says the speaker: "we three make up a solitude," a feeling I often wonder about when I see old people together, especially after they have just heard that another old friend has died.

Reading the entire anthology left me with the same deep sadness that I felt from the last book of the Iliad/the sadness of Priam meeting with Achilles, both of them in mourning, both of them knowing they are soon going to die themselves. I just complained in a recent review of the utter bleakness of Cheever's Falconer, but I feel so differently about this collection, because the sadness it evokes rests on the premise that life is good; humans are good; so even though I'm weepy and thinking about the sadness of aging and death, it feels like in these poems I've read the best kind of literature. ( )
  poingu | Mar 30, 2013 |
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  N11284 | Aug 3, 2010 |
I will never be able to sufficiently thank the highschool english teacher who introduced me to Yeats. I bought this edition days ago simply because it was so beautiful. 1.28.07 ( )
  ben_a | Jan 28, 2007 |
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From reviews of The Cornell Yeats series: "For students of Yeats the whole series is bound to become an essential reference source and a stimulus to important critical re-readings of Yeats's major works. In a wider context, the series will also provide an extraordinary and perhaps unique insight into the creative process of a great artist."--Irish Literary Supplement "I consider the Cornell Yeats one of the most important scholarly projects of our time."--A. Walton Litz, Princeton University, coeditor of The Collected Poems of William Carols Williams and Personae: The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound "The most ambitious of the many important projects in current studies of Yeats and perhaps of modern poetry generally.... The list of both general and series editors, as well as prospective preparers of individual volumes, reads like a Who's Who of Yeats textual studies in North America. Further, the project carries the blessing of Yeats's heirs and bespeaks an ongoing commitment from a major university press.... The series will inevitably engender critical studies based on a more solid footing than those of any other modern poet.... Its volumes will be consulted long after gyres of currently fashionable theory have run on."--Yeats Annual (1983) W. B. Yeats's The Tower, first published in 1928 and later revised a number of times, arrived in its final form after many years of dedicated labor. Yeats here is concerned with the "rooting of mythology in the earth," binding almost every poem to the image of Thoor Ballylee, the building in the west of Ireland that he saw as a permanent symbol of his work. Still considered one of the seminal volumes of modern poetry, its themes are both intensely personal and determinedly universal: old age and its attendant problems, the relationship between Nature and Art, the natural and the supernatural or spiritual, the self and the world. In her unsigned review of the collection, Virginia Woolf was to declare, "Mr Yeats has never written more exactly and more passionately." Yet the poet was never satisfied, and in this volume we can trace the alterations, some subtle and others startling, of the hard-earned technique resulting in such major works as "Sailing to Byzantium," "Among School Children," "Leda and the Swan," and "Meditations in Time of Civil War." Materials include transcriptions and photographs of the earliest recoverable drafts and selected transcriptions from the most interesting manuscripts and annotated typescripts. Collations of closely related materials, including printed readings preceding the 1928 volume, are attached to transcriptions of the texts to which they lead or from which they stem. Appendixes reveal the different ordering of titles in The Tower that Yeats provided both before and after 1928.

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