Friday, February 05, 2016

Influence …

 Yeats as an Example | Kenyon Review Online. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I shall not attempt, therefore, in this paper, to answer such questions as, “How good a poet is Yeats? Which are his best poems and why”—that is the job of better critics than I and of posterity—but rather to consider him as a predecessor whose importance no one will or can deny, to raise, that is to say, such questions as, “What were the problems which faced Yeats as a poet as compared with ours? How far do they overlap? How far are they different? In so far as they are different, what can we learn from the way in which Yeats dealt with his world, about how to deal with our own?”

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