Tradition, ‘Imitation’, and the Synthesis of Content and Form

  • Wayne K. Chapman
Part of the Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature book series (SAIL)


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  1. 1.
    Roger Ascham, The Scholemaster (London, 1570);Google Scholar
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    Sir Philip Sidney, Defence of Poesy, ed. Dorothy M. Macardle ( London: Macmillan, 1959 ) p. 3.Google Scholar
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    See Vivian Mercier, The Irish Comic Tradition ( London: Oxford University Press, 1962 ) p. 107;Google Scholar
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    See A. Norman Jeffares and A. S. Knowland, A Commentary on the Collected Plays of W. B. Yeats (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1975) p. 43, where Lady Wilde’s translation of the tale is reprinted, a version that, unlike Yeats’s tragedy, reconciled Seanchan, the Ard-File (Chief Poet of Ireland) and Guaire, the King of the Gort Cats.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See Michael Sidnell, George Mayhew, and David R. Clark (eds), Druid Craft: the Writing of ‘The Shadowy Waters’ ( London: Oxford University Press, 1972 ).Google Scholar
  6. See also Curtis Bradford’s W.B.Yeats: The Writing of ‘The Player Queen’ ( Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  7. W. Parks in their study Thomas MacDonagh: The Man, the Patriot, the Writer (Athens, Ga: University of Georgia Press, 1967 ) p. 7.Google Scholar
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    Ben Jonson vni, 637, 639 (in Discoveries). For more on Jonson’s views on imitation, see Richard S. Peterson’s Imitation and Praise in the Poems of Ben Jonson (New Haven, Conn., and London: University Press, 1981).Google Scholar
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    See Samuel Johnson, The Lives of the English Poets ed. George B. Hill, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905) i, 20.Google Scholar
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    See Morris W. Croll, ’Attic’ and Baroque Prose Style ( Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1969 ) p. 87.Google Scholar
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    George Williamson, Seventeenth Century Contexts, rev. edn (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969 ) p. 124.Google Scholar
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    See William M. Carpenter, ‘The Green Helmet Poems and Yeats’s Myth of the Renaissance’, Modern Philology, 67, no. 1 (1969) 54–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Pierre de Ronsard, Le Second Livre des Amours, ed. Alexandre Micha (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 1951 ) pp. 12–13.Google Scholar
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    Corinna Salvadori, Yeats and Castiglione (Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1965) pp. 19–20, has pointed out that Yeats read The Courtier in more than one translation.Google Scholar
  15. See also B. Rajan, ‘Yeats and the Renaissance’, Mosaic 5, no. 4 (1972) 114;Google Scholar

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