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Author Tompsett, Daniel, author.

Title Unlocking the poetry of W.B. Yeats : heart mysteries / by Daniel Tompsett
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Series Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature ; 16
Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature ; 16
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Permissions; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: The Desires of the Heart; 1 The Wanderings of Oisin (1889) -- Themes of the Embittered Heart; 2 Early Lyrics -- Souls Threshed from Husks of Threshed Stars; PART II: The Divided Heart; 3 The Middle Poems -- Death and Rebirth; 4 The Wild Swans at Coole (1919) -- Toward a Coole Vision; 5 Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921) -- Kindling New Fire; PART III: Sufcifient Heart Truths; 6 The Tower (1928) -- The Towering Heart of the Absolute
7 The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933) -- Spirit and Matter Upon the Winding Stair8 Parnell's Funeral and Other Poems (1935) -- Magical Drumming to Absorb the Antinomies; PART IV: Tragic Joy and the Weighing of the Heart; 9 New Poems (1938) -- Tragic Joy in the Gyres; 10 Last Poems (1939) -- The Weighing of the Heart; Conclusion: Heart Matters -- Biblical Tropes in Yeats; Bibliography; Index
Summary Unlocking the Poetry of W.B. Yeats undertakes a thorough re-reading of Yeats' oeuvre as an extended meditation on the image and theme of the heart as it is evident within the poetry. It places the heart at the centre of a complex web of Yeatsian preoccupations and associations--from the biographical, to the poetic and philosophical, to the mythological and mystical. In particular, the book seeks to unlock Yeats' mystifying aesthetic vision via his understanding of the ancient Egyptian "Weighing of the Heart" ceremony. The work provides a chronological narrative arc that looks to use the theme of the heart as it recurs in the poetry in order to circumvent and overcome more established frameworks. Its purpose is to offer refreshing ways of conceptualizing and building alternatives to more deeply entrenched, but not entirely satisfactory arguments that have been offered since Yeats' death in 1939, while demonstrating the centrality of the occult to Yeats' art
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 07, 2019)
Subject Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.
POETRY -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429467575