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Celtic Twilight

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The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats is a fascinating collection of Irish folklore, poetry, and mystical tales. Yeats masterfully weaves together the old myths and legends of Ireland with his own poetic interpretations, creating a magical and enchanting reading experience.

Throughout the book, Yeats explores themes of ancient customs, supernatural beings, and the interconnectedness of the natural world. His lyrical prose and vivid descriptions transport the reader to a time long ago, where the line between the human and spirit world is blurred.

What makes The Celtic Twilight so captivating is Yeats’ ability to capture the essence of Irish culture and tradition, while also infusing his own unique perspective and poetic voice. The stories in this collection are both enchanting and thought-provoking, making it a must-read for anyone interested in Irish folklore or poetry.

Overall, The Celtic Twilight is a literary gem that showcases Yeats’ immense talent as a writer and his deep connection to his Irish heritage. It is a book that will leave a lasting impression on the reader, inviting them to ponder the mysteries of the Celtic twilight.

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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.

Many of the tales in this book were told me by one Paddy Flynn, a little bright-eyed old man, who lived in a leaky and one-roomed cabin in the village of Ballisodare. He was a great teller of tales, and unlike our common romancers, knew how to empty heaven, hell, and purgatory, faeryland and earth, to people his stories. He did not live in a shrunken world, but knew of no less ample circumstance than did Homer himself. Perhaps the Gaelic people shall by his like bring back again the ancient simplicity and amplitude of imagination.

Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. (W. B. Yeats)

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