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Yeats and Violence

Michael Wood


This is a book about how poetry, seen through the instance of a single poem, seeks to make sense of a turbulent and dangerous world. Poetry must introduce order and shape where there is none, and also, in certain crucial cases, remain faithful to the disorder and shapelessness of experience. Many poems manage the first of these tasks; very few manage both. W. B. Yeats ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’ (written and first published in 1921) is one of them. It is a work which asks what happens when what is taken to be civilization crumbles. What apocalyptic events wait in the wings? What are histor ... More

Keywords: W. B. Yeats, Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, poetry, occult, Irish nationalism, European history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557660
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Wood, author
Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University
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