Later Articles & Reviews: Uncollected Articles, Reviews, and Radio Broadcasts Written After 1900 (The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume 10)
W. B. Yeats
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Author note: Colton Johnson (Editor)
Publish Year note: First published January 1st 1994
The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume X: Later Articles and Reviews is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper. This first complete edition includes virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts and with extensive explanatory notes.
Later Articles and Reviews consists of fifty-four prose pieces published between 1900 and Yeats's death in January 1939 and benefits from the notes and emendations of Yeats scholar Colton Johnson. The pieces collected here are occasional, and they reflect the many interests and engagements of Yeats in his maturity. No longer a reviewer or polemicist, Yeats is an international figure: a senator in the fledgling Irish state, a defining modern poet, a distinguished essayist. And here we have him writing -- with grace, wit, and passion -- on the state of Ireland in the world, on Irish language and Irish literature, on his artistic contemporaries, on the Abbey Theater, on divorce, on censorship, on his evolution as a poet and dramatist, on his own poetry.
Volume X also includes texts of ten radio programs Yeats broadcast between 1931 and 1937. This is not only the first collection but also the first printing of Yeats's radio work, which constitutes the largest previously uncollected body of his writings and possibly the most important to remain largely unstudied. Carefully assembled from manuscripts, typescripts, broadcast scripts, and fragmentary recordings, the programs range from a scripted interview on contemporary issues to elaborate stagings of his own and others' poetry. One of the radio programs is presented in an appendix complete with the commissioned musical score that set Yeats's poetry to music, Yeats's own emendations on the BBC broadcast script, and the diacritical notes with which the broadcast reader indicated Yeats's interpretive instructions.
Here, then, is seasoned Yeats, writing and speaking vigorously and with keen personal insight about the modern age and his place in it.
cited by Yeats in this essay, Gort, Clarenbridge, and Cregg are within twenty miles of each other in Co. Galway on the northwestern coast of Ireland near the Co. Clare border. Coole Park, Lady Gregory’s home, is about five miles from Gort, as is the Norman tower at Ballylee, which Yeats was later to restore. Bunnahow is in Co. Clare. 18 In 1890, reviewing Sophie Bryant’s Celtic Ireland, Yeats called the Táin Bó Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), the Irish epic of the seventh or eighth
(1860-1926). Many of Yeats’s early lyrics and his second published essay appeared in the Review, which ceased publication in June 1887. 343 Sir Philip Hanson (1871-1955) was Acting Chairman of the Board of Public Works. 39. The Censorship and St Thomas Aquinas 344 Yeats’s health declined toward the end of his term as Senator. His final speech, on July 18, 1928, was a short plea for the priority of personal ability in the selection of Senators, about which he wrote to Lady Gregory: ‘Probably I
notorious self-seeker these twenty years, no seller of causes for money down, but he has arisen amongst them; and there has been no man that has lived poorly that he might think well, no master of lofty speech, no seeker of subtle truth, but he has arisen among us; and abundance in these things comes now as always from the hand of the Future already half lifted in blessing. Part of the power of this movement is that unlike the purely political movement, it can use every talent and leave every
that splendid, growing life. So desolate was the land made, so many atrocities were committed, so many thousands were killed and left unburied by the roadside, that I have read that in that day people feared to eat bacon for fear the hogs might have fed on human flesh. But more criminal than the crimes that were committed to bring about the extinction of our nationality, was that extinction itself. The day will some day come when the world will recognize that to destroy a nation, a fountain of
we keep the players that give it so great a part of its life? A great Empire buys every talent that it can use and for the most part spoils what it buys. If we keep a good comedian, it is generally because his art, being an art of dialect, interests few but ourselves. A play called Peg o’ my Heart—a stage mechanism without literary value—because it contained one dialect part, robbed the Abbey Theatre of four actresses, and almost brought it to an end.267 If they had been bound to Ireland by a