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Yeats Now

Echoing Into Life

By: Joseph M. Hassett


This is an impressive, yet accessible, companion to the works and poetry of Yeats. Roy Foster, Yeats’s biographer, has endorsed the work, stating: ‘It is a work of personal engagement that will strike a chord with everyone who cares for Yeats, and anyone who loves poetry.’

W. B. Yeats believed that a poet’s life should be an experiment in living. His poems fashion into memorable words the sometimes puzzling emotions that hover over important life events. Yeats’s remarkable work can clarify our own thinking about similar situations. Joseph M. Hassett’s Yeats Now: Echoing into Life extracts and distils the rich harvest of Yeats’s experiment.

As Yeats’s biographer Roy Foster comments, Yeats Now is ‘a personal, quizzical, imaginative testament that ranges through Yeats’s thought and writings, showcasing and discussing a series of ringing statements, suggestions and aphorisms that evolve into a kind of vade-mecum or guide to life. The subjects cover love, anger, friendship, politics, violence and the competing claims of perfecting the life, or the work’.

This book is a wonderful companion to the work and poetry of Yeats. Hassett’s writing provides an excellent frame of context through which to explore one of the twentieth-century’s greatest poets.

About the Author

Joseph M. Hassett has written extensively on Yeats, Joyce and other Irish writers. He holds a Ph.D. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. His books include W.B. Yeats and the Muses (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law (Lilliput, 2016).

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 216 × 136 mm
Publication Date

September 2020