W. B. Yeats pp 108-138 | Cite as

Man of Action

  • A. Norman Jeffares


Yeats, as an artist, generally knew what result he wished to produce. His early work was written out of ideals, enthusiasms and convictions of whose nature he was fully aware. When he began to write he wished to describe outward things as vividly as he could, and he found pleasure in picturesque and declamatory books.1 The intellectual purposes of his poetry of the early nineties, which utilised the material of the ancient Irish legends and the beauty of the Irish countryside, can be found in the essays which he wrote in the American journals, and in his subsequent propagandist work in the English and Irish papers and magazines. The self-conscious nature of the Irish intellectual movement was, of course, largely due to his vision and knowledge of what he wished to create.


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