By Richard J Finneran
This research is a better half to the revised version of W.B.Yeats, The Poems: a brand new version. Professor Finneran outlines the complicated difficulties dealing with an editor of Yeats's poetry and explains the recommendations followed within the new textual content. Manuscript fabrics are drawn on largely, together with a few that have lately come to mild within the Scribner files on the collage of Texas and at Princeton college. in comparison with the 1st variation of this quantity (Editing Yeats's Poems, 1983), there's an extra bankruptcy - at the order of the poems - in addition to new details at the Scribner version and different revisions all through.
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The correction to "Early" is in fact cancelled in pencil; but I suspect that cancellation was made by Mrs. Yeats at the same time that she added other pencil markings to her son's copy of the Collected Poems. 42 Editing Yeats's Poems that Yeats's spelling is a key to his pronunciation and thus to the sound of his poetry, and since the English spelling of Gaelic names is not fully codified, these suggested changes have not been incorporated in the revised edition of The Poems. 4 Mark, however, adopted all but one of them for Poems (1949).
Yeats met with the publishers in London on 17 March 1939. Among the issues discussed was the possibility of adding a further volume to the project, to include, as she wrote on 13 April, "some autobiographical material in MSS, and also some uncollected essays". On 17 April, Mrs. Yeats at last sent Mark typescripts for New Poems and Last Poems. After commenting on the material, she also noted that there are two small corrections in the Collected Poems, written into his copy of book. Page 197, 6 lines from bottom of page, 'Athene' not 'Athena'.
But the text in question was an anthology reprinting, and to at least some extent Yeats was being deferential to the older poet. For the context of Yeats's remark, see The Correspondence of Robert Bridges and W. B. Yeats, ed. Richard]. Finneran (London: Macmillan, 1977) pp. 34-37. Those who argue that Yeats was unconcerned with punctuation might also consider a statement in a letter to Macmillan on 10 September 1927: "I return cont'd overleaf 36 Editing Yeats's Poems Some of the differences between The Winding Stair and Other Poems and the Collected Poems are obviously unremarkable, and it would be difficult to make a case on either side.