By R. Greaves
During this learn of Yeats' poetry among 1902 and 1916, Greaves stronglyreacts to the tendency in literary feedback to categorize Yeats' paintings as 'modernist'. in its place, Greaves bargains a special means of taking a look at the transition in Yeats' paintings during this interval, by means of interpreting the poems within the context of Yeats' lifestyles. hence, the determine of Yeats the poet is resurrected from the exhaustive classification of 'modernism' and the advanced connections among the determine of Yeats in the poems and its dating with the Yeats who exists outdoor them is published.
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77 The second problem with the inclusion of Yeats within modernism, that concerning his own work, is that such inclusion tends to exaggerate the signiﬁcance of particular aspects of the change in his work between 1903 and 1914. One such aspect is the claimed inﬂuence of Ezra Pound. If we see literary modernism in the way it would have seen itself had it been deﬁned at the time, then it is difﬁcult to see how Yeats could be included. If we see it as revisionist critics see it, then we are likely to look for similarities in Yeats’s work to that of writers generally accepted as modernist, and to concentrate on these areas for our account of the transition in the period from In the Seven Woods to Responsibilities.
The external manifestations – empirical, objective – become unreal if they are not related to his feelings; it is within his own mind that the poet seeks an ordering that will make sense of his experience. The return, through legend, to a time when the gods were closer to the people improves the chance of success. It also unites personal expression to tradition. Yeats’s 1899 article ‘The Literary Movement in Ireland’ indicates a wish for Irish literature to rediscover the tradition of the people and also a wish to reconcile the spoken and the written traditions, to beneﬁt from the inspiration of the peasant imagination and ‘the inheritance of cultivated men’.
The poet laments the passing of a beauty he sees as part of an older, less materialistic world in an early intrusion of his own concerns into the story which hints at the growing importance to Yeats of the presence in the poem, even of the legendary narrative type, of the personality of the poet. ’18 The kind of strong, ﬁerce, practical beauty he attributes to Maeve in this poem is contrasted with an effeteness he sees in the modern materialism (‘the fool heart of the counting-house’) which would no doubt class itself as hard-headed, but whose heart can ﬁnd beauty only in softness.
Transition, Reception And Modernism In W. B. Yeats by R. Greaves