By M.L. Rosenthal
In Running to Paradise, M.L. Rosenthal, hailed via the Times Literary Supplement as "one of an important critics of twentieth-century poetry," leads us during the lyric poetry and poetic drama of our century's maximum poet in English. His readings shed new, vibrant mild on Yeats's bold makes use of of culture, his love poetry, and how he confronted the usually tragic realities of revolution and civil battle. Running to Paradise describes Yeat's entire effort--sometimes leavened via wild humor--to exhibit, with excessive poetic integrity, his passionate experience of his personal existence and of his chaotic era.
Himself a famous poet, Rosenthal stresses Yeats's artistry and mental candor. The booklet levels from his early beautiful lyrical poems and folklore-rooted performs, during the tougher-minded, extra confessional mature paintings (including the chic fulfillment of The Tower), after which to the occasionally "mad" but usually fabulous tragic or comedian writing of his final years. Quoting greatly from Yeats, Rosenthal charts the collection strength with which the poet faced his significant life-issues: his art's calls for, his continual yet hopeless love for one girl, the complexities of marriage to a different lady at age fifty two, and his misery in the course of Ireland's "Troubles." Yeats's deep absorption in woman sensibility, within the cycles of background and human inspiration, and in supernaturalism and "the lifeless" comes strongly into play besides.
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