Saturday, August 07, 2010

Under the Moon
Under the Moon

by William Butler Yeats

Sudden as I sat in a wood
An old grey man before me stood
And his eyes were burning with molten fire
And he touched the notes of a silver lyre.
- W. B. Yeats, "The Old Grey Man"

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 in the following century 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.

Under the Moon: The Unpublished Early Poetry by William Butler Yeats. Scribners, New York. 1995


Christa said...

Good Morning from Phoenix,

More poetry.. yea!

I also use goodreads. But my reading list looks nothing like yours. LOL Thanks for including the link to all your reviews.

ciao, Christa

James said...

Thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy the poetry and reviews.