‘Music and Poetry’, by W. B. Yeats and Dorothy Wellesley, in Broadsides: A Collection of New Irish and English Songs (1937)

  • William H. O’Donnell
Part of the The Collected Edition of the Works of W. B. Yeats book series (CWWBY)


We fix a quarrel upon the concert platform. We must win if poetry is to get back its public.


Seventeenth Century Greek Tragedy Folk Song Great Excitement Modern Scale 
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  1. 6.
    Walter James Turner (1889-1946), in his biography of Mozart, observed that Mozart ‘remained incomprehensible to the Italian opera public practically ever since’ 1792, the first production in Italy of La Nozze di Figaro (1786), but Turner thought the reason was the musical sophistication of Mozart’s operas. See Turner, Mozart: The Man and his Works (London: Gollancz, 1938) p. 336.Google Scholar
  2. 9.
    The Tetragrammaton (four Hebrew letters representing the name of God) and Agla (an acrostic of four Hebrew words meaning ‘Thou are powerful and eternal, Lord’) are extensively used in Cabbalism and in ritual magic, for example in S. L. MacGregor Mathers’ introduction and translation, The Kabbalah Unveiled (1887; repr. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1968) pp. 9Google Scholar
  3. 16a.
    Thomas Moore, Preface to Irish Melodies (1821), repr. in The Works of Thomas Moore, Esqr.: Complete in Six Volumes (New York: Smith, 1825) IVGoogle Scholar

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© Micheal Yeats 1988

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  • William H. O’Donnell
    • 1
  1. 1.MemphisUSA

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