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Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

W. B. Yeats

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of Fairy and Folk tales. The poet William Butler Yeats collected them from around the Western part of Ireland and translated them near the end of the 1800s

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. . .turned the lady into all sorts of strange shapes. At one moment she was a black dog, barking and trying to bite; at another, a glowing bar of iron, which yet had no heat; then, again, a sack of wool.

But still Jamie held her, and the baffled elves were turning away, when a tiny woman, the smallest of the party, exclaimed, "Jamie Freel has her awa' frae us, but he sall hae nae gude o' her, for I'll mak' her deaf and dumb," and she threw something over the young girl.

While they rode off disappointed, Jamie lifted the latch and went in.

"Jamie, man!" cried his mother, "you've been awa' all night; what have they done on you?"

"Naething bad, mother; I ha' the very best of gude luck. Here's a beautiful young lady I ha' brought you for company.

"Bless us an' save us!" exclaimed the mother, and for some minutes she was so astonished that she could not think of anything else to say.

Jamie told his story of the night's adv. . . Read More

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Jedna jedina bajka ovdje nije imala smisao ili pouku! Ili sam ja navikla na naše bajke u kojima uvijek nešto naučiš ili sam prosto očekivala više, uglavnom, 2⭐️!

Великолепная антология, один из лучших сборников сказок, что я вообще помню. В переводе Шаши, когда тот выйдет, она и на русском станет классической драгоценностью, сами убедитесь. Там всякий текст, что прозаический, что поэтический, играет своими особыми красками, блещет гранями, а в целом от книги

"وما الحكاية إلا تلفيقات عجائز خرافية لتسلية الأطفال الرضع "

رغم خوفي من الجن ، واعترف بأن هذه القصص أثارت قلقي قليلاً قبل النوم لكن هذا لم يقلل من متعتها

Excellent collection of the various folk lore of Ireland.

Yeats divides up the various types of folk tales from fairies (changlings, merrow, solitary fairies like the lepracaun, the pooka and banshee), to ghosts and also witches and fairy doctors.

He also has a collection of stories about saints, prie

If you think the Grimm brothers were macabre, wait till you get a load at these clever tales.

The fairy tales and folktales of Ireland have had a vast cultural influence throughout the world. It is all the more fortunate, therefore, that Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats, undertook in the late 19th century to collect those tales and present them in an accessible and engaging form

سلسلة مثيرة للاهتمام

كتاب متميز جدا جدا لكل من يهتم بالقصص الشعبية و حكايات الجنيات

that was a good read :)

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