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This volume in Naxos's Great Poets series offers 32 poems from Yeats's prodigious creative output, which spanned fifty years, from 1889 until his death at the dawn of WWII. Of the three readers, Denys Hawthorne is the most dramatic in poems such as "To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time," while Nicholas Boulton's younger voice highlights the playfulness of "The Fiddler of Dooney" and others. Jim Norton, meanwhile, handles the whole range of Yeats's verse with lyricism and authority. Commentary before some of the poems helpfully places them in context.

Summary

Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of Great Poets, represented by collections of their most popular poems in one program. W. B. Yeats was one of the most beloved poets of the 20th century. He left a large legacy of outstanding poems, and the finest are collected here: "Down by the Salley Gardens", "The Lake Isle of Inisfree", "The Secret Rose", and "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven". They are read by a strong cast, led by Olivier award-winner Jim Norton.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Educative and Entertaining

he biography is beautifully narrated. The poetry is superbly read by readers whose interpretation helps to elucidate Yeats often esoteric poems. Their voices are perfect for the material, perfect for bringing out the meaning. This is an excellent listen whether one is new to Yeats or already a devotee. It bears frequent reiterations

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  • 26-04-17

Missing poems!

Introduction and then no poem as introduced. Things missing! Please fix,audible. See for example ch 14/15. No Easter 1916.

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  • Allen Mahan
  • 19-07-15

My Favourite Poet

Yeats is one of my fav most favourite poets and it's great to follow along with the text in your lap. Several narrators make this even better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-19

An ethereal and inexorable book of human emotion

The plethora of tones and descriptions allow the reader to be challenged by Yeats experiences and feelings while provoking thought and stimulating the mind.

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