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Title: The development of the poetry of William Butler Yeats
Author: Menon, V. K. N.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1939
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I have confined this thesis to Yeats's Poetry, and have mentioned his dramas and prose works only in passing. I have dealt with the earliest dramatic sketches in verse(Island of Statues, Mosada etc) in some detail, because they belong to the domain of Poetry, and not Drama. John B. Jests exalted the dramatic form above everything else and condemned personal utterance as egoism, and it was to the dramatic form that young Yeats first turned. It has been difficult to steer clear of the Poetic Plays in a treatment of his Poetry, but the thread of his development is sufficiently clear even outside his plays. Drama he made into an elaborate ritual, and he subtilised dramatic speech to a disciplined movement, which gives it an incantation on the whole different from that of his Poetry. I have treated the early poetry in more detail because that was the period he was 'on the boiling pot'. The difference between the lyrics of the 'Wanderings of Oisin' (1889) and 'The Wind Among the Reeds' (1899) is considerably greeter than that between 'The Fascination of what's difficult' (1910) end the 'Circus Animal's Desertion" (1939). Once his speculations grew vivid, his poetry as well as its expression crystallised into its modern form. From 1919 ('The Wild Swans at Coole') to 1939 it matured and grew in strength, but did not undergo any revolutionary change. I have endeavoured in criticising his early work to take stock of the reactions they caused on the audience of the day rather than judge them objectively from modern standards. His later work does not allow such elaborate diagnosis and is a little terrifyingly near for more careful scrutiny. And I have been a little afraid of losing my bearings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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