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The Collected Works of William Butler Yeats - Volume 1

W. B. Yeats

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The first volume of 8. A collection of poems by Irish author William Butler Yeats.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Their children’s children shall say they have lied.


THE BLESSED Cumhal called out, bending his head, Till Dathi came and stood, With a blink in his eyes at the cave mouth, Between the wind and the wood. And Cumhal said, bending his knees, ‘I have come by the windy way To gather the half of your blessedness And learn to pray when you pray. ‘I can bring you salmon out of the streams And heron out of the skies.’ But Dathi folded his hands and smiled With the secrets of God in his eyes. And Cumhal saw like a drifting smoke All manner of blessed souls, Women and children, young men with books, And old men with croziers and stoles. ‘Praise God and God’s mother,’ Dathi said, ‘For God and God’s mother have sent The blessedest souls that walk in the world [31]To fill your heart with content.’ ‘And which is the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

My favourite piece of Yeats, which I've known since I was a teenager. I've never really figured out what it means, but I think it's wonderful all the same:Rose of all Roses, Rose of all the World!
You, too, have come where the dim tides are hurled
Upon the wharves of sorrow, and heard ring
The bell

apologies to anyone who was expecting to read some well-written review, because I must say, Yeats really did love women's hair and eyes!
and heavens, is his writing magnificent.
my favourite poems, which I think you should definitely read even if you are not planning to read all of his work:

• the ball

I don’t typically go for poetry, but I’m working on a project where a cursory understanding of Irish literature is helpful. I enjoyed this collection, although I must admit that much of it was beyond me at some level. This collection includes a variety of Yeats’ styles – lyrical, narrative, and dram

Just looking at my bookcase and brushing off some old books covered in dust. Man how did I miss Yeats? Literary genius.

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