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Running to paradise : Yeats's poetic art / M. L. Rosenthal

Main Author Rosenthal, Marcha Louis, 1917- Secondary Author Yates, William Butler, 1865-1939 Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Oxford University Press, 1997 Description XVI, 362 p. : il. ; 21 cm ISBN 0-19-511391-8 CDU 820(417) YEATS 82.0
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In Running to Paradise, M.L. Rosenthal, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most important critics of twentieth-century poetry," leads us through the lyric poetry and poetic drama of our century's greatest poet in English. His readings shed new, vivid light on Yeats's daring uses of tradition, his love poetry, and the way he faced the often tragic realities of revolution and civil war. Running to Paradise describes Yeats's whole effort--sometimes leavened by wild humor--to convey, with high poetic integrity, his passionate sense of his own life and of his chaotic era.
Himself a noted poet, Rosenthal stresses Yeats's artistry and psychological candor. The book ranges from his early exquisite lyrical poems and folklore-rooted plays, through the tougher-minded, more confessional mature work (including the sublime achievement of The Tower), and then to the sometimes "mad" yet often brilliant tragic or comic writing of his last years. Quoting extensively from Yeats, Rosenthal charts the gathering force with which the poet confronted his major life-issues: his art's demands, his persistent but hopeless love for one woman, the complexities of marriage to another woman at age 52, and his distress during Ireland's "Troubles." Yeats's deep absorption in female sensibility, in the cycles of history and human thought, and in supernaturalism and "the dead" comes strongly into play as well.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. xi)
  • I Early Poems (with Some Glances Ahead) (p. 3)
  • 1. Before 1900 (p. 3)
  • 2. 1900 to 1904 (p. 21)
  • II Early Drama (with Some Glances Ahead) (p. 35)
  • 1. Before 1900 vis-a-vis The Hour-Glass and Calvary (p. 35)
  • 2. The Land of Heart's Desire and Plays of 1900 to 1908 (p. 53)
  • III Poetry of Transition I (1910-1914) (p. 80)
  • 1. The Green Helmet and Other Poems (p. 80)
  • 2. Responsibilities (p. 101)
  • IV Drama of Transition and the Cuchulain Cycle (p. 120)
  • 1. The Dreaming of the Bones and Plays of the 1920s (p. 120)
  • 2. The Cuchulain Plays and Poems (p. 135)
  • V Poetry of Transition II (1914-1919) (p. 171)
  • [The Wild Swans at Coole and Michael Robartes and the Dancer]
  • VI The Tower (p. 217)
  • VII Drama of the 1930s (p. 264)
  • VIII Poetry after The Tower (p. 298)
  • 1. The Winding Stair and Other Poems (p. 298)
  • 2. From Parnell's Funeral through Last Poems (p. 324)
  • Index (p. 355)
  • Illustrations
  • Portrait of Yeats (1907)
  • Playbill of The Land of Heart's Desire (p. 38)
  • "Mr. W. B. Yeats Presenting Mr. George Moore to the Queen of the Fairies" (p. 55)
  • "Cuchulain Mask," (p. 137)
  • The "Guardian of the Well" for At the Hawk's Well (p. 150)
  • The "Old Man" for At the Hawk's Well (p. 156)
  • Maud Gonne (photograph c. 1900) (p. 173)
  • Yeats and Maud Gonne in the 1930s (p. 252)
  • Georgianna Hyde-Leeds (Mrs. Yeats) (p. 207)
  • Yeats family photograph (c. 1927) (p. 213)
  • Thoor Ballylee ("The Tower") (p. 223)
  • Portrait of Lady Gregory (p. 310)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Rosenthal offers a close, sensitive reading of Yeats's major poems and plays. Proceeding chronologically through the entire oeuvre, Rosenthal, a poet and professor emeritus at New York University, explores the relations between poems and between volumes, identifying poetic sequences and tracing the path of Yeats's career. Though not a systematic account of Yeats's times, life, or mythology, the book discusses the poems in their personal and historical contexts. Experts will find little that is new here: Rosenthal gives no attention to theoretical debates, and there are no notes or references to recent scholia. But even specialists will be impressed by the insight and responsiveness of the readings, while the abundant quotations from the poems and plays (hardly a page quotes fewer than ten lines of verse) make this study especially valuable for those less familiar with the poet. Recommended for academic libraries.-- Jack Lynch, Univ . of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Poet and critic Rosenthal understands both the creative process of poetry and the profound "pleasure" (of a special aesthetic sort) that he affirms is its raison d'etre. His "evaluative" criticism attends to the living character of poetry's language and to the lyrical (or affective) experience it projects. Thus, his study of Yeats's art traces the achievements of the poet's craft in terms of the major lyrical veins that dominate his work (drama as well as poetry) and that embody its real continuities and greatest accomplishments. Rosenthal's study may be the most enlivening as well as important work on Yeats yet. But aside from its truly special insights into Yeats (and poetry in general), this book deserves to be read for the pleasure of Rosenthal's prose, which is eloquent and lucid. General; undergraduate and beyond. R. J. Cirasa; Kean College of New Jersey

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The late M. L. Rosenthal, a noted poet and esteemed Yeats scholar, was Professor Emeritus at New York University

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