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Title: Yeats's mythologizing of his friends in his poetry
Authors: Bolton, Laura (2004)
Keywords: Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 -- Criticism and interpretation
Irish literature
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Bolton, L. (2004). Yeats's mythologizing of his friends in his poetry (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: This dissertation discusses Yeats's mythopoeic depiction of his friends in the poems of his middle and later period and how they came to represent different aspects of Irish identity in his poetic vision. The aim of the dissertation is to show how Yeats relates contemporary figures -- both personal to him and of public importance -- to old Irish heroes and portrays them in a mythical light in order to immortalize them as protagonists in the birth of the Irish nation. Chapter One deals with the definition of myth and mythopoeia in order to provide a basis for the discussion of Yeats's mythopoeia and discusses his relation to other mythopoeic artists and compares his mythical method to that of James Joyce and T.S Eliot in particular revealing both the importance of myth in modem poetry, and the similarities and differences between Yeats and his contemporaries. Chapter Two deals with the men who mattered, (i) John O'Leary and Charles Stewart Parnell, (ii) Hugh Lane and Robert Gregory and (iii) The Easter Rebels and analyses their importance to the poet and how they become Yeatsean symbols of the Ideal Irishman for their varied traits and achievements through his mythopoeic depiction of them. Chapter Three focuses on the mythopoeic presentation of the women in his life, (i) Maud Gonne, (ii) Eva and Constance Gore-Booth, and (iii) Lady Gregory and looks at their personal relation to the poet and his portrayal of the female heroine as compared to that of the male one.
Description: B.A.(HONS)ENGLISH
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArt - 1999-2010
Dissertations - FacArtEng - 1965-2010

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