9781403970589

Imagining Ireland in the Poems and Plays of W. B. Yeats Nation, Class, and State

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    9781403970589

  • ISBN10:

    1403970580

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/15/2011
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

An important part of the Irish national imaginary, Yeat's poems and plays have helped to invent the nation of Ireland, while critiquing the modern Irish state that emerged from the nation's revolutionary period. This study offers a chronological account of Yeat's volumes of poetry, contextualizing and analyzing them in light of Irish cultural and political history.

Author Biography

Anthony Bradley is Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

“Romantic Ireland”: Early Poems and Plays * Nation and Class in Responsibilities * History, Gender, Modernism: The Wild Swans at Coole and Michael Robartes and the Dancer * Modernism, Irishness, and the Postcolonial State: The Tower and The Winding Stair * A Return to Origins: New Poems and Last Poems

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