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Our Secret Discipline

Yeats and Lyric Form

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674026957

Publication Date: 11/29/2007


448 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • I. Lyric Form in Yeats’s Poetry: Prophecy, Love, and Revolution
  • II. Antechamber and Afterlife: Byzantium and the Delphic Oracle
  • III. The Puzzle of Sequence: Two Political Poems
  • IV. “Magical” Techniques in the Early Poems
  • V. Tales, Feelings, Farewells: Three Stages of the Yeatsian Ballad
  • VI. Troubling the Tradition: Yeats at Sonnets
  • VII. The Nationalist Measure: Trimeter-Quatrain Poems
  • VIII. Marches and the Examination of Conscience: The Tetrameter Line
  • IX. The Medium of Instruction: Doctrine in Blank Verse
  • X. The Renaissance Aura: Ottava Rima Poems
  • XI. The Spacious Lyric: Long Stanzas, Irregular Lines
  • XII. Primitivism and the Grotesque: “Supernatural Songs”
  • XIII. Rare Forms
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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