William Butler Yeats, the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is not only one of the greatest poets of the 20th century but one of the most widely read. The landscape, myths, legends, and folklore of his homeland lie at the heart of his poetic imagination, and the unique musicality of Ireland adds to the richness of his verse. But the themes of his poetry are universal and timeless: the conflict between life and death, love and hate, and the meaning of man’s existence in an imperfect world.
This collection includes such favorites as “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and “When You Are Old”, as well as two of his longer narrative works, “The Old Age of Queen Maeve” and “Baile and Aillinn”. It traces the poet’s artistry from his early days as a dreamy, late-romantic poet into one of the most individual and visionary voices of 20th-century verse.
Would you try another book from William Butler Yeats and/or William Sutherland?
Yes, anything by Yeats
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator could have learned how to pronounce the many Irish names, such as Cuchulain, Maeve, Sidhe, etc. The many mispronunciations were distracting. Also the sound quality was not very good
Could you see W.B. Yeats: Selected Poems being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Of course not.
Any additional comments?
This audiobook includes only early poems published up to 1914. It leaves out the last 25 years of Yeats career and most of his greatest works. If you are looking for an audio of representative works by Yeats, I would recommend that you choose one of the other options.