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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) or his writings.


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Yeats +‎ -ian


  • Despite its Yeatsian title, The Center Cannot Hold, Saks 'memoir calls to mind the poetry of the Romantics more than it does a tale about an apocalyptic time when "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."

    Robert David Jaffee: Elyn Saks: Recovery Of A Genius

  • She was instrumental in modernizing the highly reputed but old-fashioned theater, which had been languishing in a moribund Yeatsian naturalistic theatrical language.

    Tanya Moiseiwitsch.

  • Still, regardless of your political persuasion, it's been hard to escape that Yeatsian "things falling apart" feeling over the last couple of years, hasn't it?

    Posterity is just around the corner

  • But if it doesn't, and a Yeatsian anarchy continues to be loosed upon the financial system, investors should expect some drastic responses from the government.

    Stemming the Crimson Tide

  • But de Man provides an alternative "tracing," an alternative history within Yeats's oeuvre, reading the passage in question as, in Yeatsian terms, an emblem rather than an image (corresponding roughly to the distinction between allegory and symbol in the vocabulary of Romantic theory and in general).

    History against Historicism, Formal Matters, and the Event of the Text: De Man with Benjamin

  • And Raine really does have the Yeatsian skill of mythologising his own story against a no-less mythologised picture of his own times.


  • Also, interestingly, this is a very Yeatsian exercise: nobody was more into talking endlessly about how he thought the universe worked on a spiritual level than WB.

    it's almost finals -- commence to procrastinating!

  • I particularly relished Loren MacLeod's "Skyfisher," which manages to remake kite-flying into a savage pursuit, and Wendy Rathbone's Yeatsian verse "Jack, the Fairy King."

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • This poem provides an early treatment of a favorite Yeatsian theme, the isolation of the exceptional individual.

    Under The Moon

  • This early rondel-like example of Yeatsian aloofness appears on a leaf of paper with two quatrains one of them published in both “In a Drawing Room” and “Quatrains and Aphorisms” on the verso.

    Under The Moon


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