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No Second Troy

No Second Troy

by William Butler Yeats

No Second Troy Resources

Websites

Poetry Foundation: W.B. Yeats

As usual, the Poetry Foundation offers a good, modest-sized biography, as well as a selection of classic poems.

Yeats Exhibit Online

The National Library of Ireland presents this fantastically rich online exhibit, complete with images, poems, and letters.

1916 Easter Rising

Check out this BBC History site for some historical context on the Irish fight for independence.

Video

Yale University Yeats Lecture

The Internet is so cool. You don't have to go to Yale to check out this lecture from a modern poetry course about Yeats, made available for free online.

Audio

"Lake Isle of Innisfree"

The only known recording of Yeats reading his poetry is this short, early work.

Images

W.B. Yeats

A young Yeats looking mighty bookish. By this time, he had probably already proposed to Maud Gonne at least once.

Maud Gonne

Can you see the "sternness"?

Troy is Burning!

A painting that depicts the destruction of the ancient city.

Books

The Gonne-Yeats Letters 1983-1938

Read some of Yeats and Gonne's letters to each other, courtesy of Google Books' preview.

Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form

Helen Vendler is one of the best critics of Yeats's poetry. Among other things, she discusses how "No Second Troy" helped Yeats refine his mastery of the sonnet form, taking his influence from Shakespeare. Check out the Google Books preview here.

Yeats: The Man and the Masks

Richard Ellmann is your go-to man for biographies about early-20th century Irish writers: he also covered James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. In this biography of Yeats, you can learn (much) more about Yeats's tortured love for Maud Gonne.

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