BL. W. B. Yeats


20. Plays and Controversies. Collected Edition of the Works of W. B. Yeats, vol. 3. London: Macmillan, 1923.

Reprints The Land of Heart’s Desire (2) and Four Plays for Dancers (17).

a. ‘A People’s Theatre, A Letter to Lady Gregory’. Yeats’s explanation that ‘the Abbey Theatre can never do all we had hoped’ establishes a contrast between a modern ‘objective’ and a Dantesque ‘subjective’ art, and so closely parallels his description of the ideal theatre in introduction to Certain Noble Plays of Japan (11) that Wilson (98) finds evidence in the work that Yeats ‘connected the Japanese and Florentine cultures’, even though Japanese culture is not mentioned here. Places Pound, ‘who had never acted on any stage’, in rehearsal for At the Hawk’s Well (12). First appeared in the †Irish Statesman, 29 November and 6 December 1919. Reprinted in 51.





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