The Great Poets : W.B. Yeats, CD-Audio
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Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of "Great Poets" - represented by a collection of their most popular poems on one CD - with W.

B. Yeats, one of the most loved poets of the 20th century.

He left a large legacy of outstanding poems, and the finest are collected here: "Down by the Salley Gardens", "The Lake Isle of Inisfree", "The Secret Rose" and "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven".

They are read by a strong cast led by Olivier award winner Jim Norton.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9789626344903



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Being new to poetry, Yeats wasn't familiar to me other than by name, so this poetry collection, which includes brief introductions to each poem with biographical comments was a great introduction, especially here as read by a cast headed Jim Norton. Many of the poems were taken from the latter part of Yeats's career and didn't appeal to me all that well, but the first, and one of his best known is already among my favourites: <b>Down By the Salley Gardens</b>Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.In a field by the river my love and I did stand,And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.