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Lecture 4 - William Butler Yeats

Lecture 4 - William Butler Yeats

This video was recorded at YALE ENGL 310 - Modern Poetry with Professor Langdon Hammer. The early poetry of William Butler Yeats is read and interpreted with particular attention paid to Yeats's ambitions as a specifically Irish poet. Yeats's commitment to a poetry of symbol is explored in "The Song of the Wandering Aengus," a fable of poetic vocation. "A Coat," composed at the end of Yeats's struggle to bring about an Irish national theater, shows the poet reconceiving his style and in search of a new audience. "The Fisherman" is read as a revision of "The Song of the Wandering Aengus" which reflects this new set of concerns. Reading assignment: William Butler Yeats: "To the Rose upon the Rood of Time," "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "Who Goes With Fergus?", "The Song of Wandering Aengus,"... Show More


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