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The Celtic Twilight   By: (1865-1939)

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The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats is a captivating exploration of Irish folklore, beautifully woven together in a collection of enchanting tales. Yeats takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through the mystical world of Ireland, where fairies, ghosts, and ancient mythical beings reside.

The book opens with an insightful introduction that sets the stage for the intricate web of stories to come. Yeats immerses us in the culture and customs of the Irish people, giving context to the tales he presents. His knowledge and deep appreciation for Irish folklore shine through as he delves into the rich tapestry of legends and myths.

Each story in The Celtic Twilight is like a delicate brushstroke, painting a vivid picture of the supernatural and the ordinary seamlessly intertwined. From tales of ghostly encounters to whimsical anecdotes about fairy mischief, Yeats effortlessly transports readers into a realm where the natural and supernatural coexist.

One of the most striking aspects of this collection is Yeats' storytelling prowess. His prose is elegant and poetic, luring readers into a sense of wonder and ethereal beauty. The language Yeats employs adds another layer of enchantment, evoking the very essence of Irish mysticism and the allure of the Celtic twilight.

Furthermore, Yeats' deep-rooted love for his homeland is palpable throughout the book. He skillfully showcases the unique spirit of Ireland, emphasizing the connection between its people and the mystical world that surrounds them. Through his tales, he captures the essence of Irish folklore, reminding readers of the importance of preserving these ancient beliefs and traditions.

While the stories in The Celtic Twilight are undeniably captivating, some readers may find the occasional complexity of Yeats' prose challenging to navigate. However, those who take their time to fully immerse themselves in this mesmerizing collection will be well-rewarded with rich and evocative tales that leave an indelible mark on the imagination.

In conclusion, The Celtic Twilight is a captivating and enchanting collection of Irish folklore, masterfully crafted by William Butler Yeats. This book is a treasure trove for those fascinated by mythology, spirituality, or simply the wonders of storytelling. Yeats' passion for his culture shines bright through each story, beckoning readers into a realm where the mystical echoes amidst the ordinary.

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Time drops in decay Like a candle burnt out. And the mountains and woods Have their day, have their day; But, kindly old rout Of the fire born moods, You pass not away.


The host is riding from Knocknarea, And over the grave of Clooth na bare; Caolte tossing his burning hair, And Niamh calling, "Away, come away; Empty your heart of its mortal dream. The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round, Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound, Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are a gleam, Our arms are waving, our lips are apart, And if any gaze on our rushing band, We come between him and the deed of his hand, We come between him and the hope of his heart." The host is rushing 'twixt night and day; And where is there hope or deed as fair? Caolte tossing his burning hair, And Niamh calling, "Away, come away."



I have desired, like every artist, to create a little world out of the beautiful, pleasant, and significant things of this marred and clumsy world, and to show in a vision something of the face of Ireland to any of my own people who would look where I bid them. I have therefore written down accurately and candidly much that I have heard and seen, and, except by way of commentary, nothing that I have merely imagined... Continue reading book >>

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