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The Biographies Series: Literature

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W. B. Yeats - Poetry: 1910 - 1939

"Highly recommended. This is an intelligent and thought provoking study of one of the world's finest poets, William Butler Yeats. The decision to tell his story using six of his most insightful poems was brilliant; it puts his life in context through his own words, while also allowing viewers to reflect personally on his powerful use of words and images." -National Media Review
William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1865 and is considered one of the 20th century's greatest poets. He lived during one of the most turbulent periods in Irish history and was deeply involved in the country's politics. In this classic biography we discover what shaped the man was his lifelong search for symbolic order. This led him to adopt a variety of philosophies, from mysticism to spiritualism, and he eventually developed his own personal symbolic system, which enabled him to develop and strengthen his poetry imagery. Host Daragh Brehan presents this study of W. B. Yeats looking at six select poems that span the years 1910 - 1939, the year of his death, while David Collins and Caomhin Mac Giollaleith , appearing as Yeats, recite these important poems: No Second Troy - when his work was dominated by his obsession with the beautiful Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne; September 1913 - his attack on the employers and merchants of Dublin, which at the time was the poorest city in Europe; The Fisherman - written three years after the Easter Rebellion of 1916, reflects the poet's vision of the ideal Irishman; Sailing to Byzantium - published when Yeats was 62, four years after he won the Nobel Prize in 1923, is a metaphorical journey of old age, eternal life, and the concept of paradise; Among School Children - written as a Senator he reflects on his and Maud Gonne's aging; The Circus Animal's Desertion - in a way Yeats' own eulogy, this poem finds the poet looking back over his career, coming to terms with his art and his life. Produced by BC Productions in Association with Wildtouch. 04/10DE PIJSCA 65 min.

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