Yeats's Legacies: Yeats Annual No. 21 - cover image


  • Yeats Annual vol. 21
  • ISSN Print: 0278-7687
  • ISSN Digital: 2054-3611


Warwick Gould. Copyright of individual chapters is maintained by the chapters’ authors.

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  • English

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684 pages (lxxii + 612)


Paperback140 x 35 x 216 mm(5.5" x 1.37" x 8.5")
Hardback140 x 37 x 216 mm(5.5" x 1.44" x 8.5")


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  • LIT014000
  • LIT004120
  • POE005020


  • PR5906


  • William Butler Yeats
  • Ireland
  • poetry
  • drama
  • Institute of English Studies
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Yeats's Legacies

Yeats Annual No. 21

  • Warwick Gould (editor)
The two great Yeats Family Sales of 2017 and the legacy of the Yeats family’s 80-year tradition of generosity to Ireland’s great cultural institutions provide the kaleidoscope through which these advanced research essays find their theme. Hannah Sullivan’s brilliant history of Yeats’s versecraft challenges Poundian definitions of Modernism; Denis Donoghue offers unique family memories of 1916 whilst tracing the political significance of the Easter Rising; Anita Feldman addresses Yeats’s responses to the Rising’s appropriation of his symbols and myths, the daring artistry of his ritual drama developed from Noh, his poetry of personal utterance, and his vision of art as a body reborn rather than a treasure preserved amid the testing of the illusions that hold civilizations together in ensuing wars. Warwick Gould looks at Yeats as founding Senator in the new Free State, and his valiant struggle against the literary censorship law of 1929 (with its present-day legacy of Irish anti-blasphemy law still presenting a constitutional challenge). Drawing on Gregory Estate documents, James Pethica looks at the evictions which preceded Yeats’s purchase of Thoor Ballylee in Galway; Lauren Arrington looks back at Yeats, Ezra Pound, and the Ghosts of The Winding Stair (1929) in Rapallo. Having co-edited both versions of A Vision, Catherine Paul offers some profound reflections on ‘Yeats and Belief’. Grevel Lindop provides a pioneering view of Yeats’s impact on English mystical verse and on Charles Williams who, while at Oxford University Press, helped publish the Oxford Book of Modern Verse. Stanley van der Ziel looks at the presence of Shakespeare in Yeats’s Purgatory. William H. O’Donnell examines the vexed textual legacy of his late work, On the Boiler while Gould considers the challenge Yeats’s intentionalism posed for once-fashionable post-structuralist editorial theory. John Kelly recovers a startling autobiographical short story by Maud Gonne. While nine works of current biographical, textual and literary scholarship are reviewed, Maud Gonne is the focus of debate for two reviewers, as are Eva Gore-Booth, Constance and Casimir Markievicz, Rudyard Kipling, David Jones, T. S. Eliot and his presence on the radio.


Each and every "Yeats Annual” is, indeed, a must read, if not obtain for your library, for any person with an interest in the life, and work, of William Butler Yeats.

Declan J. Foley

author of The Only Art of Jack B. Yeats and editor of Yeats 150


The admirable Yeats Annual... a powerful base of biographical and textual knowledge. Since 1982 the vade mecum of Yeats.

Bernard O'Donoghue

The Times Literary Supplement (0307-661X),



(pp. xxxv–lxviii)
  • Warwick Gould

How Yeats Learned to Scan

(pp. 3–38)
  • Hannah Sullivan


(pp. 39–62)
  • Denis Donoghue

The Invisible Hypnotist: Myth and Spectre in Some Post-1916 Poems and Plays by W. B. Yeats

(pp. 63–122)
  • Anita Feldman

‘Satan Smut & Co’: Yeats and the Suppression of Evil Literature in the Early Years of the Free State

(pp. 123–212)
  • Warwick Gould

‘Uttering, Mastering it’? Yeats’s Tower, Lady Gregory’s Ballylee, and the Eviction of 1888

(pp. 213–268)
  • James Pethica

Fighting Spirits: W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and the Ghosts of The Winding Stair (1929)

(pp. 269–294)
  • Lauren Arrington

W. B. Yeats and the Problem of Belief

(pp. 295–316)
  • Catherine E. Paul
  • Warwick Gould

Charles Williams and W. B. Yeats

(pp. 317–354)
  • Grevel Lindop

Shakespeare in Purgatory:‘A Scene of Tragic Intensity’

(pp. 355–390)
  • Stanley van der Ziel

The Textual History of Yeats’s On the Boiler

(pp. 391–446)
  • William O’Donnell

Maud Gonne’s Fictional Affair: ‘A Life’s Sketch’

(pp. 449–478)
  • John Kelly

Conflicted Legacies: Yeats’s Intentions and Editorial Theory

(pp. 479–542)
  • Warwick Gould

‘Both Beautiful, One a Gazelle’: A Review Essay

(pp. 545–556)
  • Deirdre Toomey

W. B. Yeats, On Baile’s Strand: Manuscript Materials, ed. by Jared Curtis and Declan Kiely

(pp. 557–562)
  • Richard Allen Cave

W. David Soud, Divine Cartographies: God, History and Poeisis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot

(pp. 563–568)
  • Grevel Lindop

Yeats, Philosophy, and the Occult, ed. by Matthew Gibson and Neil Mann

(pp. 569–574)
  • R. A. Gilbert

Alexander Bubb, Meeting Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle

(pp. 575–578)
  • Jad Adams

Emily C. Bloom, The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931–1968

(pp. 579–584)
  • Emilie Morin

Ezra Pound, Posthumous Cantos, ed. by Massimo Bacigalupo

(pp. 585–588)
  • Stoddard Martin

Adrian Frazier, The Adulterous Muse: Maud Gonne, Lucien Millevoye and W. B. Yeats

(pp. 589–598)
  • Stoddard Martin
  • Deirdre Toomey


Warwick Gould

Emeritus Professor of English Literature at University of London