Summer 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1951 |

The Identity of Yeats

The Collected Poems Of W. B. Yeats. Second Edition. Macmillan. $5.00 At last we have Yeats's poems in a complete and proof-read edition. The 1933 collection is supplemented by seventy-five lyrics from the two final books, The Full Moon in March (entitled The King of the Great Clock Tower in its shorter American version) and Last Poems and Plays. Six poems are included that have never been published here: "Two Songs Re-Written for the Tune's Sake," "Ribb in Ecstasy," "There," "What Magic Drum?" and "Whence Had They Come?"; they display the hard focus and the vehemence or boisterousness of his best work. Having the poems together alters the complexion of the old as well as the new ones. The early poems seem less remote and spiritual, the later less exclusively sensual. The themes and symbols are fixed in his youth. and then renewed with increasing vigor and directness to the end of his life. His magical and occult interests, so prominent in his life and in his prose, dwindle i

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