William Butler Yeats remains one of the most popular poets of the 20th century.
"The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven," "Down by the Salley Gardens," "The Secret Rose": these are just a few of the poems that made William Butler Yeats an international figure. Born in Dublin in 1865, Yeats drew strength from the Irish tradition, as can be seen in this special audiobook, which presents the most important poems in the context of his life and ambitions.
His poetic urgency was fuelled by an active and varied life, as he gained his inspiration from the men and women he knew, classical sources, and contemporary politics.
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Narrators Jim Norton and Denys Hawthorn make this compilation of W.B. Yeats’s life and poetry a listening joy. From the lovely tenor voice that opens the audiobook to the recitation of many of the most beloved of the poet’s offerings, listeners will be enthralled. As well as providing captivating interpretations of individual poems, Norton and Hawthorn deliver the prose with equal passion without ever overdramatizing. They keep the biographical aspects engrossing as they detail the events in Yeats’s life that influenced his poetry. Top-notch listening for poetry lovers and those new to Yeats and the Irish tradition. 2003 Audie Award Finalist
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An entertaining listen
A great compilation!
Barely legible and yet deeply insightful scribbles from the Spirit World. Three of them.
The poems, what else? This is very much the greatest hits compilation but I don't think anyone with the least passion for beauty in language will ever get tired of hearing them. There are some excellent readings in here.
From Yeats' own life - hard to choose. From among his poems - impossible to choose.
Definitely. But, like the Spirit World, this audiobook is great just to dip in and out of whenever you fancy.