The Poetry of William Butler Yeats

  • by William Butler Yeats
  • Narrated by Stephanie Beacham, Gabriel Byrne, Minnie Driver
  • 1 hrs and 38 mins
  • Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

William Butler Yeats's early poetry is suffused with the radiant lyricism of Irish folklore and myth; the yearning romance and distinctly Irish voice of these first works of the Nobel laureate have inspired scores of poets. This splendid selection offers a distinctive sampling of the Yeatsian voice.
Among the many famed works included are "The Stolen Child","The Everlasting Voices", "Reconciliation", and "The Song of the Wandering Aengus". Each of these poems is filled with the sparkling magic and mysticism Yeats absorbed as a boy in Ireland. This sweetness is juxtaposed against an anguished realism grounded in the master poet's nationalist and political sympathies.


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Outstanding compilation of Yeats's Short Poems

I don't understand the criticisms by some other reviewers of this album's audio quality. Might they be referring to an earlier release of this album (which has been offered in several formats by a few vendors over the years)? The quality is absolutely outstanding, and the readings by Stephanie Beacham, Colm Meaney, Julian Sands, David Warner, Gabriel Byrne, Roger Rees, Minnie Driver, and Samantha Eggar are as fine as you could ever want.

There are 88 "tracks" on this album. Unfortunately Audible's space limitations preclude me from providing here a Table of Contents. What I will say is that titles of poems are introduced, but not who's narrating what: a typical (and frustrating) lapse in documentation by Audible.

Any Yeats lover should buy this new release, as roughly a quarter of the poems are not present on the 4 other Yeats compilations.
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- Joseph M. "Joseph M."

Fine reading

This is a fine reading of Yeat's poetry.
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- C. Cobb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books