We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
– William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Irish Nobel Committee described his work as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Yeats was a Symbolist poet as he used allusive imagery and symbolic structures in his poems and mastered the traditional forms of poetry. Though Yeats’s early poetry dealt with Irish myth and folklore, his later work displayed more contemporary issues and his poetic style underwent a dramatic transformation over time. Yeats was an instrumental part of the “Irish Literary Revival” and throughout his career influenced many dramatists and poets, including American writer Ezra Pound. Yeats’ poetry is not always easy to understand, as his compact, intellectually intense, and supremely lyrical verses deserves the careful attention it demands. W.B. Years is considered as a pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments.
THE SONG OF THE HAPPY SHEPHERD
THE woods of Arcady are dead,
And over is their antique joy;
Of old the world on dreaming fed;
Grey Truth is now her painted toy;
Yet still she turns her restless head:
But O, sick children of the world,
Of all the many changing things
In dreary dancing past us whirled,
To the cracked tune that Chronos …Read more »
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