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The Celtic Twilight (Anglais)

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Ce livre est un recueil d 'histoires ,de croyances , de rituels magiques de l'Irlande rurale .Il permet de pénétrer mieux les bases de la culture irlandaise,d'apprécier mieux ses paysages et leur dimension mystique .Je l 'ai beaucoup aimé .
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Que de jolies histoires où l'on retrouve la magie de l'Irlande et son caractère fantastique et pur !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It is beautifully and poetically (obviously since Yeats was and is known ... 8 janvier 2017
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I'm a sucker for folklore, especially Irish (and Scottish) folklore, because 'tis were my roots lie.

I randomly came across this book while scanning through the Kindle classics store on Amazon. Seeing "Celtic" in the title, I immediately downloaded it, not even reading the description. Just the thought of combining classical literature with Celtic...I couldn't help myself.

For being a conglomeration of short tales, this little book was a delightfully light read. If you are looking for a palette cleanser between books or series, this could be your go-to. It is beautifully and poetically (obviously since Yeats was and is known best for his poetry) written. Not being familiar with Yeats' work before this, it has intrigued me to look into his other literature.

However mystifying this read was, there was a strong undertone throughout the book of Yeats communication to the reader that the world of magic shouldn't be set within such strict bounds. Maybe, tales of folklore have truth in them, or, were and possibly are true. Maybe there is more to this world than meets the eye, and maybe, we will be pleasantly surprised.

"If we could love and hate with as good heart as the faeries do, we might grow to be long-lived like them. But until that day their untiring joys and sorrows must ever be one-half of their fascination. Love with them never grows weary, nor can the circles of the stars tire out their dancing feet."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Charming Celtic Folklore 17 avril 2015
Par James G. Bruen Jr. - Publié sur
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A series of stories from Irish folklore, The Celtic Twilight finishes with a poem of the same name ("And love is less kind than the gray twilight, And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn"), and gave the Irish literary revival of the late 19th and early 20th century its name.

The stories, are, by and large, charming, though of uneven quality. Yeats seemed more interested in transcribing and preserving them than in their quality. They present a vivid portrait of those who lived near to the land in Ireland. "For in Ireland there is something of timid affection between men and spirits. They only ill-treat other in reason. ... In Scotland you are too theological, too gloomy. ... You have burnt all the witches. In Ireland we have left them alone. ... The Catholic religion likes to keep on good terms with its neighbours. These two different ways of looking at things have influenced in each country the whole world of sprites and goblins. For their gay and graceful doings you must go to Ireland; for their deeds of terror to Scotland."

The book will not appeal to everyone, but I loved it. There are OCR type errors in the free Kindle edition.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My ongoing interest in things Irish made me remember that I enjoyed Yeats' writing 7 août 2015
Par Joseph J. McArdle - Publié sur
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"The Norton Anthology of English Literature" introduced W.B. Yeats to me. My ongoing interest in things Irish made me remember that I enjoyed Yeats' writing, but I could not remember why. So, I downloaded "The Celtic Twilight" in which Yeats poetically presents short stories of Irish life and myth that he gathered from conversations with contemporaries. The stories are humorous, melancholic, and in between Yeats compares different flavors of Celtic myth. In the final chapter, Yeats encourages readers to prolong the twilight by finding value in simple things. "The Celtic Twilight" presents an 1893 fragment of Yeats' passion for Irish culture which makes me want to better understand the impact of this prolific poet and statesman on Irish culture.
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.. these words come near the end of Yeats' memoir - for that is what the Celtic Twilight is. Reviewers who read this hoping for an indexed and categorized presentation of folk tales ripe for study, and those who were "assigned" it in a class on mythology and folklore, and gave it a star or two, rightly did not find this to be what was (foolishly) hoped for. Poets are not compilers of facts. Yeats is a poet. Artists are not photographers. Yeats is an artist. Painting and sculpture are not (intended to be) exact duplicates of reality (albeit "realism" may be the art of the day "in a society that has cast out imaginative tradition"). Here are the musings of an artist and poet whose art and poetry are grounded in traditions of folk art, which is

"... indeed, the oldest of the aristocracies of thought, and because it refuses what is passing and trivial, the merely clever and pretty, as certainly as the vulgar and insincere, and because it has gathered into itself the simplest and most unforgettable thoughts of the generations, it is the soil where all great art is rooted."

This then is not a book of tall tales or of mythology or of poetry (though there are tales funny and sad and brief lines of poetry including the endpiece - the very short, but poignant poem "Into The Twilight") - this is rather a book that contemplates that which fertilizes the human spirit and, in some instances through some individuals, gives rise to great works of imagination where "voices melt[] into the twilight and mix[] into the trees".

Yeats as artist and wordsmith recounts thoughts and traditions which, as he was remembering and writing, were fading into the twilight (that is, the time between light and dark) before the dawning of a new and modern age beginning to turn its back on imagination and fancy and facing the newer things of science and technology. When carriages drawn by horses, each with a name and personality of its own, would give way to motorcars each with a motor made on an assembly line, one as like the other, unnamed, with parts interchangeable - when an unpaved path's dark corner round an old tree peopled by shadows of the dead would give way to a highway with streetlamps lighting the way - when old women who told tales of seeing, in their youth, a "Wee Woman" rise up into the air in a "queer way" were believed, the tale retold through generations and not laughed at and forgotten as silly, foolish ramblings of old age and demented mind.

Those reviewers who complain the title is misleading know not of what they speak."The Celtic Twilight" is not a textbook of Irish folktales. Expect from it instead the thoughts of a poet and an artist recalling the end of a day. A day that was his inspiration, his muse, his youth. This is a book for those of an age - eighteen or eighty - who understand that "love is less kind than the gray twilight, And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn."

... as for matters of practicality, in the "Xist Publishing" 2015 e-version, which is what I read, there are a few typos here and there - "kine" instead of "king" for example - and the so-called "Book Club Discussion Guide" at the end has nothing at all to do with this book but instead is a general primer for a third-grade reading class that simply has no application to this work. But the presentation is generally fine, "working" well on my Kindle.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 In Search of The Two Trees: and of tradition having gone before Tolkien's Silmarillion 31 mars 2014
Par Jonathan Hansen - Publié sur
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[Contemporary imprintings are available. Mine has the pastel lavender cover.]

Not being an expert on Celtic Myth, I'll attempt to convey a few modest gleanings from Yeats' modern poetry about Celtic Myth. And may I hasten to add, Yeats' two trees are quite unrelated to Tolkien's two trees of Valinor, 'Laurelin' and 'Telperion', though it was these that spurred my curiosity I needed a larger context to fathom Yeats' own vision of Two Trees.

Perhaps a workable synthesis may be to suggest an alignment of Germanic and Celtic roots in 'Two Trees' mythology. While the Celtic variant dwells upon the seasonal symbolism to focus upon issues of dying and rebirth, the Germanic/Norse/Anglo mythology envisions a World-Tree of the Cosmos, Ygg-drasill, from whence springs every form of life, or every environ of living beings. The concept is pervasive throughout genealogy, probing ones roots. And the theoretical origin of species, where a tree is a common symbolic graph depicting the transitional roots of trans-species DNA mutation.

Yeats' poetic vision describes the Celtic philosophical view point of spirit life within, inter-twined with spirits of the Cosmos. And by contrast, creation is not seen as dormant during the sleep of the creator. The seasonal sleep of Winter is as an ancient reflection from a mirror, viewing an age of the Cosmos where God rested, inattentive. Where there were once younger beings, stewards in effect, responsible to administer the cycle of life: and death -- is not all it seems.

Through narrative and poetic verse the author summons a vision of the cultural impact lingering on, from these traditional ghosts and faeries. It's not a religious tome, though some categorize the material as occult. It serves as a racial memory of times before the medieval church seized upon the New Testament Hades (presiding territory of the brother of Zeus), and re-named it after the Anglo 'Hella', Loki's daughter (presiding over Nifelheim -- realm of the dead.)
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