A Last Inheritor

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The Legacy Of Wb Yeats19970608

Towards the end of the century throughout which he has been the dominant influence in Irish poetry, W B Yeats is reassessed by contemporary poets, critics and commentators.

Gerald Dawe presents views on Yeats from poets Brendan Kennelly, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Yeats's fellow Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who makes his first visit to the Sandymount house where Yeats was born in 1865.

Seamus Deane assesses his lasting worth while Frank McGuinness has, like Yeats, taken his plays to the stage of Dublin's Abbey Theatre.