Track Title Length
1 01 - The Wild Swans at Coole 1:50
2 02 - In Memory of Major Robert Gregory 5:23
3 03 - An Irish Airman Foresees his Death 1:06
4 04 - Men Improve with the Years 0:57
5 05 - The Collarbone of a Hare 1:00
6 06 - Under the Round Tower 1:36
7 07 - Solomon to Sheba 1:12
8 08 - The Living Beauty 0:54
9 09 - A Song 0:59
10 10 - To a Young Beauty 1:03
11 11 - To a Young Girl 0:39
12 12 - The Scholars 0:53
13 13 - Tom O'Roughley 0:58
14 14 - The Sad Shepherd 6:53
15 15 - Lines Written in Dejection 0:53
16 16 - The Dawn 0:58
17 17 - On Woman 1:39
18 18 - The Fisherman 1:41
19 19 - The Hawk 0:59
20 20 - Memory 0:34
21 21 - Her Praise 1:20
22 22 - The People 2:07
23 23 - His Phoenix 2:28
24 24 - A Thought from Propertius 0:37
25 25 - Broken Dreams 2:12
26 26 - A Deep-Sworn Vow 0:39
27 27 - Presences 1:00
28 28 - The Balloon of the Mind 0:31
29 29 - To a Squirrel at Kyle-Na-Gno 0:33
30 30 - On Being Asked for a War Poem 0:39
31 31 - In Memory of Alfred Pollexfen 1:51
32 32 - Upon a Dying Lady 4:10
33 33 - Ego Dominus Tuus 4:32
34 34 - A Prayer on Going into my House 1:08
35 35 - The Phases of the Moon 8:20
36 36 - The Cat and the Moon 1:18
37 37 - The Saint and the Hunchback 1:05
38 38 - Two Songs of a Fool 1:36
39 39 - Another Song of a Fool 0:47
40 40 - The Double Vision of Michael Robartes 3:29

Production
Book Coordinator: Peter Tucker
Meta Coordinator: Crln Yldz Ksr
Proof Listener: Barbara Baker

Artwork
Cover: Illustration from "British Birds, Vol. III", A. Thorburn, 1916
Inset: Title page of the 1919 Macmillan edition of The Wild Swans at Coole
Inset: A photograph of William Butler Yeats, 1908, by Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966)
Insert: The Wild Swans by Arthur Joseph Gaskin. Late 19th/early 20th century.

The Wild Swans at Coole is a lyric poem by W. B. Yeats as well as the title of collections of his poems published in 1917 and 1919.  Coole refers to the Galway home of his friend and colleague Lady Gregory. The collection is dedicated to the memory of her son Major Robert Gregory, an airman who lost his life to friendly fire in World War I.  The initial release of the collection contained 19 poems and a play. The second edition published in London and New York by Macmillan dropped the play and grew to include 40 poems. Written during his mid-fifties, the title poem wrestles with the melancholy of encroaching age, romantic rejections, and the ongoing tensions of both Irish and European political conflicts.  The larger collection iterates themes of Irish Nationalism and the establishment of a distinct Irish literary voice and aesthetic. Notable poems in the collection include “The Wild Swans at Coole”,” An Irish Airman Foresees his Death”, and “On being asked for a War Poem”.

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Item Info
EAN 0701236969559
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD Case
Author William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Recording
Read by Peter Tucker
Length 1 hour and 12 minutes
Type Solo reading

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