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While working on a facsimile edition and transcription of W. B. Yeats's surviving early manuscripts, renowned Yeats scholar George Bornstein made a thrilling literary discovery: thirty-eight unpublished poems written between the poet's late teens and late twenties. These works span the crucial years during which the poet "remade himself from the unknown and insecure young While working on a facsimile edition and transcription of W. B. Yeats's surviving early manuscripts, renowned Yeats scholar George Bornstein made a thrilling literary discovery: thirty-eight unpublished poems written between the poet's late teens and late twenties. These works span the crucial years during which the poet "remade himself from the unknown and insecure young student Willie Yeats to the more public literary, cultural, and even political figure W. B. Yeats whom we know today." "Here is a poetry marked by a rich, exuberant, awk-ward, soaring sense of potential, bracingly youthful in its promise and its clumsiness, in its moments of startling beauty and irrepressible excess," says Brendan Kennelly. And the Yeats in these pages is already experimenting with those themes with which his readers will become intimate: his stake in Irish nationalism; his profound love for Maud Gonne; his intense fascination with the esoteric and the spiritual. With Bornstein's help, one can trace Yeats's process of self-discovery through constant revision and personal reassessment, as he develops from the innocent and derivative lyricist of the early 1880s to the passionate and original poet/philosopher of the 1890s. Reading-texts of over two dozen of these poems appear here for the first time, together with those previously available only in specialized literary journals or monographs. Bornstein has assembled all thirty-eight under the title Yeats had once planned to give his first volume of collected poems. Under the Moon is essential reading for anyone interested in modern poetry.


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While working on a facsimile edition and transcription of W. B. Yeats's surviving early manuscripts, renowned Yeats scholar George Bornstein made a thrilling literary discovery: thirty-eight unpublished poems written between the poet's late teens and late twenties. These works span the crucial years during which the poet "remade himself from the unknown and insecure young While working on a facsimile edition and transcription of W. B. Yeats's surviving early manuscripts, renowned Yeats scholar George Bornstein made a thrilling literary discovery: thirty-eight unpublished poems written between the poet's late teens and late twenties. These works span the crucial years during which the poet "remade himself from the unknown and insecure young student Willie Yeats to the more public literary, cultural, and even political figure W. B. Yeats whom we know today." "Here is a poetry marked by a rich, exuberant, awk-ward, soaring sense of potential, bracingly youthful in its promise and its clumsiness, in its moments of startling beauty and irrepressible excess," says Brendan Kennelly. And the Yeats in these pages is already experimenting with those themes with which his readers will become intimate: his stake in Irish nationalism; his profound love for Maud Gonne; his intense fascination with the esoteric and the spiritual. With Bornstein's help, one can trace Yeats's process of self-discovery through constant revision and personal reassessment, as he develops from the innocent and derivative lyricist of the early 1880s to the passionate and original poet/philosopher of the 1890s. Reading-texts of over two dozen of these poems appear here for the first time, together with those previously available only in specialized literary journals or monographs. Bornstein has assembled all thirty-eight under the title Yeats had once planned to give his first volume of collected poems. Under the Moon is essential reading for anyone interested in modern poetry.

30 review for Under the Moon: The Unpublished Early Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manuel

    (3,5)

  2. 4 out of 5

    James Henderson

    Thirty-eight early poems of William Butler Yeats from the 1880s and 1890s are included in this slim volume. They foreshadow the great poetry that would shower forth from his pen and are worth reading in that light. More than the poetry of the average young man, these poems suggest a depth of thought and feeling that is already present in the man. Moments of beauty and a sense of potential lie amidst the sometimes awkward prose, but who am I to contend that this is less than could be done by any Thirty-eight early poems of William Butler Yeats from the 1880s and 1890s are included in this slim volume. They foreshadow the great poetry that would shower forth from his pen and are worth reading in that light. More than the poetry of the average young man, these poems suggest a depth of thought and feeling that is already present in the man. Moments of beauty and a sense of potential lie amidst the sometimes awkward prose, but who am I to contend that this is less than could be done by any genius of such an age? The innocence and naive charm of these poems makes them worthy of consideration.

  3. 4 out of 5

    SarahJaneSmith

    It`s definitely not Yeats`s fault that his words did not touch my heart at all. I just realized that I`m not really into poetry any more. It`s definitely not Yeats`s fault that his words did not touch my heart at all. I just realized that I`m not really into poetry any more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    The reader will not find any great poetry here, but you will find glimmerings of Yeats's future greatness as he contends with his poetic influences (Spenser, Shelley, ...) to find his own voice. There actually are several good poems in this collection, but most of them are what one would expect from a young (teenage) would-be poet. The reader will not find any great poetry here, but you will find glimmerings of Yeats's future greatness as he contends with his poetic influences (Spenser, Shelley, ...) to find his own voice. There actually are several good poems in this collection, but most of them are what one would expect from a young (teenage) would-be poet.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Not a bad collection of poetry, though its obvious it came from early on in Yeats' career, most of them are unpolished, a bit hit or miss, and in some cases not even fully finished. Though I'm not usually a huge fan of poetry, I do like to read it here or there, but it mostly goes over my head, and for much of this volume that statement holds true. Still enjoyable. Not a bad collection of poetry, though its obvious it came from early on in Yeats' career, most of them are unpolished, a bit hit or miss, and in some cases not even fully finished. Though I'm not usually a huge fan of poetry, I do like to read it here or there, but it mostly goes over my head, and for much of this volume that statement holds true. Still enjoyable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I worked as a research assistant for George Bornstein and he gave me a copy of this and a few other books. I'm not really a Yeats fan and struggled to connect to most of the poetry, but I appreciated Bornstein's contextualizing of the material, and can certainly see its literary historical value. I worked as a research assistant for George Bornstein and he gave me a copy of this and a few other books. I'm not really a Yeats fan and struggled to connect to most of the poetry, but I appreciated Bornstein's contextualizing of the material, and can certainly see its literary historical value.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meltha

    Favorite poet. Period.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  10. 5 out of 5

    Genjiro

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pat Padden

  12. 5 out of 5

    Libraryjoy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  15. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Gottwalt

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Duran

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sem

  20. 4 out of 5

    Loge

  21. 5 out of 5

    JM

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kori Klinzing

  24. 5 out of 5

    Boris

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fenia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dane

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Ward

  29. 5 out of 5

    Edward

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joshlynn

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