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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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Summary

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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By catsatcastle on 07-03-10

An entertaining listen

This was a very easy listen, a well compiled narration with just the right mix of "Life" and readings so as to inform with a light touch. It may be short but I think it gives good value.

It sets the poems against the background of Yeats' life at the time of writing which enhances the poems and the readers are excellent. The one small downside is that Naxos put brief musical inserts which bear no relation to the text and are just there to mark a break, which I myself find tiresome, although others may not. That's a small irritation and it's only with the production.

I found it entertaining and informative, a good combination.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ColonelJames on 16-05-17

A great compilation!

If you could sum up The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats in three words, what would they be?

Barely legible and yet deeply insightful scribbles from the Spirit World. Three of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats?

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.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

From Yeats' own life - hard to choose. From among his poems - impossible to choose.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. But, like the Spirit World, this audiobook is great just to dip in and out of whenever you fancy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 28-05-12

Enlightening on all aspects of his life and work

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audio mainly for the reading of his life and poetry and the music was an added bonus. If you miss the pictures that a book would have, there is always the internet.

What other book might you compare The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats to and why?

The Husband lives of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. It compares favourably.

What about Jim Norton and Denys Hawthorne ’s performance did you like?

Top class performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 13-09-17

very well produced

A smart, if limited selection of poems, mostly early Yeats, staged and spoken very capably.

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