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William Butler Yeats remains one of the most popular poets of the 20th century.

"The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven," "Down by the Salley Gardens," "The Secret Rose": these are just a few of the poems that made William Butler Yeats an international figure. Born in Dublin in 1865, Yeats drew strength from the Irish tradition, as can be seen in this special audiobook, which presents the most important poems in the context of his life and ambitions.

His poetic urgency was fuelled by an active and varied life, as he gained his inspiration from the men and women he knew, classical sources, and contemporary politics.

©2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Enlightening on all aspects of his life and work

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audio mainly for the reading of his life and poetry and the music was an added bonus. If you miss the pictures that a book would have, there is always the internet.

What other book might you compare The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats to and why?

The Husband lives of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. It compares favourably.

What about Jim Norton and Denys Hawthorne ’s performance did you like?

Top class performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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Not the complete works

This audible book is equivalent to an overview of the life and works of WB Yeats. Although well done, be aware that it is not comprehensive.

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very well produced

A smart, if limited selection of poems, mostly early Yeats, staged and spoken very capably.

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Greatest poet of his generation

What did you love best about The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats?

Very well-done. I wish it included more of Yeats' poetry.

What did you like best about this story?

A biography of Yeats, with selected poems (shorter poems.)

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The speakers are excellent.

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Very good recording

The quality was very good. The poems read were particularly good as they captured very well the rhythm, pace and meter of each poem. The recording presented a comprehensive anthology of Yeats' works at the various stages of his career. Though I enjoy poetry I am not well schooled in the art form. Therefore, Yeats' Byzantium that everyone seems to proclaim as his greatest work, fell on deaf ears with me. Like so many authors and writers of his era, poems written during WW1 seem to have a much darker cast underlying them.

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  • 03-07-10

An entertaining listen

This was a very easy listen, a well compiled narration with just the right mix of "Life" and readings so as to inform with a light touch. It may be short but I think it gives good value.

It sets the poems against the background of Yeats' life at the time of writing which enhances the poems and the readers are excellent. The one small downside is that Naxos put brief musical inserts which bear no relation to the text and are just there to mark a break, which I myself find tiresome, although others may not. That's a small irritation and it's only with the production.

I found it entertaining and informative, a good combination.

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  • ColonelJames
  • 05-16-17

A great compilation!

If you could sum up The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats in three words, what would they be?

Barely legible and yet deeply insightful scribbles from the Spirit World. Three of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats?

The poems, what else? This is very much the greatest hits compilation but I don't think anyone with the least passion for beauty in language will ever get tired of hearing them. There are some excellent readings in here.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

From Yeats' own life - hard to choose. From among his poems - impossible to choose.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. But, like the Spirit World, this audiobook is great just to dip in and out of whenever you fancy.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-19-19

Very Patchy

Contains some nice reading but the worst rendition of the Fiddle of Dooley imaginable. I much preferred the original W.B.Yeats, Cyril Cusack and Siobhan McKenna recordings available on Audible

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  • Matt Last
  • 08-23-20

Good non fiction told exactly as it is. Boring story telling, I listen to a lot of non fiction, this reading method is good for

True account of events told in a protracted boring manner. Upsetting really as history can be so much better with good narration. Wish I could’ve exchanged it. Helped me sleep though