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Unlocking the poetry of W. B. Yeats : heart mysteries

Author: Daniel Tompsett
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
Series: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature, 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Unlocking the Poetry of W.B. Yeats undertakes a thorough re-reading of Yeats' oeuvre as an extended meditation on the image and theme of the heart as it is evident within the poetry. It places the heart at the centre of a complex web of Yeatsian preoccupations and associations--from the biographical, to the poetic and philosophical, to the mythological and mystical. In particular, the book seeks to unlock Yeats'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: W B Yeats; W B Yeats
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Tompsett
ISBN: 9781138606746 113860674X
OCLC Number: 1027815452
Description: xii, 390 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I : The Desires of the Heart --
1. The Wanderings of Oisin (1889) --
Themes of the Embittered Heart --
2. Early Lyrics --
Souls Threshed from Husks of Threshed Stars; PART II : The Divided Heart --
3. The Middle Poems --
Death and Rebirth --
4. The Wild Swans at Coole (1919) --
Toward a Coole Vision --
5 Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921) --
Kindling New Fire --
PART III : Sufcifient Heart Truths --
6. The Tower (1928) --
The Towering Heart of the Absolute --
7. The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933) --
Spirit and Matter Upon the Winding Stair --
8. Parnell's Funeral and Other Poems (1935) --
Magical Drumming to Absorb the Antinomies --
PART IV : Tragic Joy and the Weighing of the Heart --
9. New Poems (1938) --
Tragic Joy in the Gyres --
10. Last Poems (1939) --
The Weighing of the Heart; Conclusion: Heart Matters --
Biblical Tropes in Yeats.
Series Title: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature, 16.
Responsibility: Daniel Tompsett.

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Unlocking the Poetry of W.B. Yeats undertakes a thorough re-reading of Yeats' oeuvre as an extended meditation on the image and theme of the heart as it is evident within the poetry. It places the heart at the centre of a complex web of Yeatsian preoccupations and associations--from the biographical, to the poetic and philosophical, to the mythological and mystical. In particular, the book seeks to unlock Yeats' mystifying aesthetic vision via his understanding of the ancient Egyptian "Weighing of the Heart" ceremony. The work provides a chronological narrative arc that looks to use the theme of the heart as it recurs in the poetry in order to circumvent and overcome more established frameworks. Its purpose is to offer refreshing ways of conceptualizing and building alternatives to more deeply entrenched, but not entirely satisfactory arguments that have been offered since Yeats' death in 1939, while demonstrating the centrality of the occult to Yeats' art.

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