The Wind Among the Reeds

The Wind Among the Reeds This Librivox edition is in the public domain Different sections are read by different Librivox volunteers William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of th century litera

  • Title: The Wind Among the Reeds
  • Author: W.B. Yeats
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Audiobook
  • This Librivox edition is in the public domain Different sections are read by different Librivox volunteers.William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult One of his works, The wind among the reeds , published in 189This Librivox edition is in the public domain Different sections are read by different Librivox volunteers.William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult One of his works, The wind among the reeds , published in 1899, by critics opinion is the main achievement of his early works Imagery of Yeats poetry at this time is filled with characters of Celtic mythology and folklore.

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    1. Celtic dreams from Yeats with a collection of dense yet simple poems about love, magic and mythology.When I say that the poems are dense I mean that they are all saturated in Gaelic symbolism, when I say they are simple I refer to the language he uses, not to the meanings. He gave most of the poems unusually literal titles, such as:'Aedh tells of the Rose in his Heart''Hanrahan speaks to the Lovers of his Songs in coming Days''Michael Robartes asks Forgiveness because of his many Moods'Only they [...]

    2. In preparation for an upcoming trip to Ireland, I'm reading some Yeats. I listened to the Librivox recording of this book, read by a bunch of different readers. It was an interesting experience to hear these pieces read in many different accents and with different levels of drama. As for the actual writing, these short poems and stories were a fun way to revisit Yeats and to think about the Irish countryside and Irish folklore. Faeries and Siddhe abound here, as do ghosts and spirits. An enjoyab [...]

    3. I loved the final passage of "The Fiddler of Dooney":"And when the folk there [in heaven] spy me,They will all come up to me,With 'Here is the fiddler of Dooney!'And dance like a wave of the sea."Simple and beautiful. The rest of the collection is based on Irish mythology and I didn't get all the references, but Yeats is just so wonderfully readable. I'm also reading right now Whitman's "Leaves of Grass". My favorite of the two? Tough question, but for now I must go with Yeats.

    4. While I didn’t enjoy all of the poems in this collection (about 30% of them seemed very contrived, like Yeats was forcing out poems to please his lover), there were far more that began to show his voice as a key proponent of the resurgence in Gaelic culture. It’s hard not to focus specifically on poems like “The Fiddler of Dooney,” which has typically Irish rhythm and imagery, but it’s just so charming that I can’t help it! What I liked so much about this poem in particular was that [...]

    5. Were you but lying cold and dead, And lights were paling out of the West, You would come hither, and bend your head, And I would lay my head on your breast; And you would murmur tender words, Forgiving me, because you were dead: Nor would you rise and hasten away, Though you have the will of wild birds, But know your hair was bound and wound About the stars and moon and sun: O would, beloved, that you lay Under the dock-leaves in the ground, While lights were paling one by one.

    6. Beautiful poetry but I highly recommend getting a version with explanatory notes. I am not unfamiliar with Irish mythology and legends but I was still looking things up to get a better understanding of the poems. At the very least read the notes on the poem first so you know the basis of the poem in question. I'll definitely be rereading it after doing more research.

    7. Yeats is still writing in the spirit of the Celtic revival in this dream-like collection, his last of the nineteenth century. As a result each poem is layered in (I might say occluded by) allusion after allusion to Irish mythology. While there is surely some beautiful language here, the meanings are obscured by Yeats' re-appropriation of Caolte, Niamh, Dananns, CumhalDathi, and Fand. While one doesn't need to understand the story of Celtic mythology to appreciate the beauty of "Aedh Wishes for t [...]

    8. Before I begin, I must say, I am utterly biased - I love Yeats' poetry. It is so beautiful, so sparsely written, with never a word out of place, and yet so evocative and lyrical. This volume of poems is no different. There is a big emphasis on Irish folklore on it, and in this edition there are a lot of the stories in the notes at the back of the book (in fact there are more stories than there are poems - but to be honest, I was only really bothered about the poems - let them speak for themselve [...]

    9. I will be honest by saying that most of Yeats's subject matter goes over my head - due to the fact that it deals with mysticism, occultism, astrology, and magic extensively; though his own notes are helpful, I feel that the unusual topics keep the reader at an arm's length. Furthermore, I must admit that my own belief system is in stark contrast with that of Yeats, which did become an obstacle throughout this collection. However, as a poet, Yeats was incredibly gifted. His writings are full of g [...]

    10. "Desolate winds that hover in the flaming West;Desolate winds that beat the doors of Heaven, and beatThe doors of Hell and blow there many a whimpering ghost""And time and the world are ever in flightAnd love is less kind than the grey twilight""It had become a glimmering girlWith apple blossoms in her hair": Baile Átha Cliath, 1145 ~Considered as a summation of Yeats's early period, I think it does a lot to act as a good cap. The language is richer here than anywhere, the images are strong if [...]

    11. The Hosting of the Sidhe The host is riding from Knocknarea And over the grave of Clooth-na-bare; Caolte tossing his burning hair And Niamh calling Away, come away: Empty your heart of its mortal dream. The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round, Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound, Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are a-gleam, Our arms are waving, our lips are apart; And if any gaze on our rushing band, We come between him and the deed of his hand, We come between him and the hop [...]

    12. The book I read contained the French translation of the poems. It helped me very much cause it's not easy to read poems when they are not written in your mother tongue, and even more if they are written in English from the XIXth century. Fortunately, according to the English part, I must say the translation was very good. I'm feeling curious about Celtic and Irish folklore, cause there were many references that I couldn't understand. Still, it was a very short and nice reading.

    13. Yeats writes with such beautiful clarity, such brilliant gentle beautiful prose. Many of the works contained here are tragic, but the words linger on your lips like a a haunting melody, and even though they're terribly sad they make you smile just a little.My single favorite lines from the whole collection"She laid them upon her bosom,Under a cloud of her hair,And her red lips sang them a love songTill stars grew out of the air."

    14. The Lover Pleads With His Friend For Old FriendsThough you are in your shining days,Voices among the crowdAnd new friends busy with your praise,Be not unkind or proud,But think about old friends the most:Time's bitter flood will rise,Your beauty perish and be lostFor all eyes but these eyes.

    15. So, so good. Yeats draws on Irish mythology, but his poems aren't really fairy tales, they're expressions of the deepest human emotions, set on a backdrop of a world still enchanted. Yeats has an incredible gift with language, and it shines through in these poems.

    16. Years continues to improve—the poems here are much more concise and determined—but there is too much repetition for this collection to really be considered great. Very enjoyable, though, and miles ahead of the previous efforts.

    17. It feels like Yeats has entered new, more fertile creative ground, but hasn't yet got mastery of his new powers. Some great lines he's unearthing by now.'The Host of the Air' I found to be magical whilst 'He Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes' rarefied love lyrics are exquisite.

    18. I hadn't really read Yeats so I picked this up at the library. I really enjoyed it. I especially liked how at the end he gave a couple of insights into what he was thinking when he wrote the poems. There was one that I had to read a couple of times because the imagery was so interesting.

    19. Poems about Irish gods and legends set in a time when they are fading into the mists and being replaced by the modern world. Sadly beautiful.

    20. Yeats runs around in the field because he know lighting will strike him. Reading the poems between the ones you will own is worth the time. Past despair will help a reader here.

    21. Interesting verse. Probably would have rated it a 4 had I read a physical book, but I read it on my iPhone which I don't think works well for poetry.

    22. I think I am done with Yeats for the moment -- there were a lot of poems in this collection I felt I should like but none of them really connected with me.

    23. This is the 5th W.B. Yeats poetry collection that I've read, and probably my least favorite. That said, there still some great poetry in here.

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