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Yeats as Precursor

Readings in Irish, British and American Poetry

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Louis MacNeice, Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Brian Coffey, Padraic Fallon, Thomas Kinsella et al.
    Pages 40-95
  3. W. H. Auden, Donald Davie, Thom Gunn, Ted Hughes, Geoffrey Hill
    Pages 96-145
  4. John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Adrienne Rich et al.
    Pages 146-184
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-238

About this book


As both a late Romantic and a modern, W.B. Yeats has proved to be perhaps the most influential poet of the early twentieth-century. In this original study Steven Matthews traces, through close readings of significant poems, the flow of Yeatsian influence across time and cultural space. By engaging with the formalist criticism of Harold Bloom and Paul de Man in their dialogues with Jacques Derrida, he also considers Yeats's significance as the founding presence within the major poetry criticism of the century.


poem poet poetry Romanticism William Butler Yeats

About the authors

Steven Matthews is Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Bibliographic information


'...a thorough and highly engaged reading of contemporary Irish poetry from the outbreak of the 'Troubles' to the present day.... a very useful volume indeed.' - Glen Hooper, The Lecturer