The Green Helmet and Other Poems
The poems of The Green Helmet (1910) are transitional; they are far from the languor and resignation, nostalgia and deliberate restriction of Yeats’s earlier poetry. They echo a troubled period in the poet’s life. The love poetry regrets the waste of spirit involved in loving Maud Gonne in vain (for she married John MacBride in Paris in 1903), yet excuses it because of her beauty in poems which are cold and simple in style, yet possess a dignity and symbolic rhetoric. The old ideal of romantic poetry had come to a stop, and there is an air of finality about the love poetry Yeats wrote after Maud’s marriage: it is static, detached yet none the less poignant.
KeywordsImmoral Literature Irish Language Romantic Poetry Winged Horse Love Poetry
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