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““ by famed Irish Revival poet William Butler Yeats is a succinct dedication to a lover, but with a bittersweet feel. Employing exacting and florid metaphors, Yeats lulls us to a climatic end in just a few lines. The power of the poem is felt in its economy and word choice.

Yeats (Oxford, New York: Peter Lang, 2010)

Richard Began & Michael Valdez Moses (Durham, NC & London: Duke University Press, 2007).

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Poetry magazine began in 1912 by Harriet Monroe and still continues today. It has published works and helped solidify the careers of many major modern poets including T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, and H.D. At the Watkinson I found Volume 3, Number 5 of the magazine, published in February of 1914.

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At the end of the volume there is an advertisement for The Glebe, a monthly publication similar to Poetry magazine. In this advertisement they mention prominent issues they have recently published, including Des Imagistes, an anthology of Imagist poetry. Listing the authors in this volume, they include Pound, Hueffer, Aldington, and Flint. Curiously, H.D. is left off of this list, although she did contribute to the anthology, and Pound considered her just as important as himself in the Imagist movement. It is clear in this volume that H.D. hadn’t yet established her reputation in modern poetry.

Yeats (Upsala: Lundequist, 1950)
Yeats and the Theatre of Desolate Reality (Dublin: Dolmen,1965)

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CAVE, THE: Not to be confused with , this term is a nickname for a gathering of Tolkien and fellow Oxford English scholars in the 1930s before the Inklings formed. As Drout's J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia summarizes the details,the name comes from I Samuel 22:1-2, where the Cave of Adullam became the place for David's conpiracies against King Saul, possibly implying that the members of the Cave at Oxford saw themselves as righteously subversive of the academic establishment. Members of the Cave included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Neville Coghill, Hugh Dyson, and Cleanth Brooks. They were distinguished scholars of various fields. Eventually, in 1933, C.S. Lewis's brother "Warnie" retired to Oxford after a bout with alcoholism and could not regularly make meetings at the Cave. C.S. Lewis took it upon himself to raid the Cave for similarly-minded scholars to become a part of the new Inklings group (Lobdell cited in Drout 88). Cf. and below.

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What I found at the Watkinson was the book of poems by W.B. Yeats that was published in 1928. The book itself is a fascinating and intriguing part of history. The outside paper fold that encompasses the hard-cover book is a forest green with gold-like writing, and slightly torn edges. The paper of the book also caught my attention. It is a thicker material, with a rough texture that suggests it was specifically chosen. The pages are slightly yellow with worn edges. However, the original version may have had irregular edges. It is hard to tell whether or not this is due to aging or whether it is simply the type of paper that was chosen for a specific effect. Either way, it set a different tone for reading these poems. I had to handle each page with care, and frankly liked touching the paper (although I did refrain from excess touching to preserve the book!). The text on the pages was quite a change from the common font size 10 in cheaper paper-backs – the text was perhaps a font size 14-16 with about 2 inch margins surrounding the thick letters, which to my pleasure reminded me of a children’s story (and smiling I said to myself ‘Oh I would love to read a W.B. Yeats’ children’s book!’).