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A Commentary on the Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats by A. Norman Jeffares

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FFT) 2. Sleuth Wood: this wood lies between Lough Gill and Dramahair. Yeats described it in 'The Heart of the Spring'; 'Sleuth Wood away to the south looked as though cut out of green beryl, and the waters that mirrored it shone like pale opal' (M 175). 9-12. Come awqy, 0 human child: Yeats wrote to Katharine Tynan, on 14 March 1888, that in the process of correcting his poems he had noticed things about his poetry he had not known before, that it was almost all a flight into fairyland from the real world....

In HJ07 Yeats wrote in 'Speaking to the Psaltery' : Sometimes one composes to a remembered air I wrote and I still speak the verses that begin 'Autumn is over the long leaves that love us' to some traditional air, though I could not tell that air or any other on another's lips . . 1) Yeats was tone-deaf; he often composed by repeating the words aloud in a form of chant. He described the process clearly in BS: Every now and then, when something has stirred my imagination, I begin talking to myself.

Blow, Rody, blow,' muttered the poor old invalid. And the horn sounded, and the woods gave back the echo. ' exclaimed the old foxhunter in tones of the deepest grief. 'You're going to a better place,' said the clergyman, impressively. 'Yoix I Tallyho I' cried the invalid, faindy. ' his master exclaimed again. ' The invalid turned round and looked earnesdy into the young clergyman's face, as if he had until then been unconscious of his presence. 'You're going to a better place; trust me, you're going to a better place,' the clergyman repeated fervently.

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