Category Archives: Irish literature

No Country For Old Men

Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve heard the name. Maybe you know it’s based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. Did you know he cribbed the line from a poem by Yeats? I’ve read the poem a number … Continue reading






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The Circus Animals’ Desertion

Yeats’ Last Poems are like Beethoven’s late string quartets — challenging, enigmatic, quietly titanic, you know there is more to learn with each difficult encounter. The Circus Animals’ Desertion by William Butler Yeats I. I sought a theme and sought … Continue reading






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Those Dancing Days Are Gone

If this poem whets your appetite for William Butler Yeats, listen to Helen Vendler’s deeply insightful close reading of Yeats on Open Source. Vendler is author of Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form. Those Dancing Days Are Gone by … Continue reading






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Introducing George Moore

Édouard Manet. Portrait of George Moore. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]






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