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Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan

by William Butler Yeats

Leda and the Swan Resources

Audios

Yeats Reading

Audio clips of Yeats's voice. He reads his poem "Lake Isle of Innisfree," and you'll probably be surprised by what his voice sounds like.

Yeats on the BBC

Yeats delivers a lecture on modern poetry.

Images

The Burning of Troy
A painting by Peter Brueghel shows the "burning roof and tower": that is, the burning of the city of Troy.

Books

Yeats: The Man and the Masks by Richard Ellman

Richard Ellman was one of the best literary biographers of the 20th century, and his biography is Yeats is entertaining and full of juicy tidbits.

Break, Blow, Burn

Camille Paglia is a superstar academic and journalist who seems to court controversy. In this recent book of readings of classic poems, she raves about "Leda and the Swan."

Websites

Encyclopedia Mythica

A helpful article about Leda and links to other figures from her story, like Clytemnestra and Agamemnon.

Online Exhibition

An online exhibition about W.B. Yeats presented by the National Library of Ireland.

The Yeats Society

The W.B. Yeats society Web site, which promotes "the artistic heritage of the Yeats family." The site gives an idea of Yeats's importance to his native Ireland.

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