By A. Norman Jeffares
This publication discusses the reviews of students and critics at the performs of Yeats, explains problems in Yeats performs, annotating phrases and words the place useful and it additionally offers information of printings, preliminary guides and casts..
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Second, by bringing the Countess into the play at this point, an earlier stage than at the opening of the second act, he links the two together more efficiendy. 7 singing lilee a wave of the sea: cf. 'The Fiddler of Dooney', CP 8z: And when the folk there spy me, They will all come up to me, With 'Here is the fiddler of Dooney I' And dance like a wave of the sea. The Co1111tess Cathleen 7-17 9 Henn (LT 305) compares Flotizel's remark to Perdita, A Winter's Tale, IV, iv: When you do dance, I wish you A wave o' the sea.
Other editions use the spelling Murteen. 34 A Commentary on the Collected Plays of W. B. Yeats 76-81 and I after making it: a Gaelic syntactical construction. 77 andyou feeding them: a Gaelic syntactical construction. Ballina: a country town in north-east Mayo. stook: a bundle. 78 Enniscrone: G. B. Saul (PYPI35), suggests lnchicronan, Co. Clare, but Enniscrone (now a small seaside resort) in the extreme west of Sligo, not far from Ballina, is probably intended. 79 tramping the country like a poor scholar: the existence of the 'hedge scholars' was caused by one of the Penal Laws which followed the victories of William of Orange.
Writing to AE in I 904, Yeats had grown critical of its 'exaggeration of sentiment and sentimental beauty' (L 434), its popularity - it had been played under the auspices of the Irish Literary Society of New York and in San Francisco - coming, he thought, not from its merits but because of this weakness. Yeats revised it for a performance at the Abbey on 22 February I912, having grown to dislike it without quite knowing what he disliked in it. During the course of this revision he cast it back in time 'because the metrical speech would have sounded unreal if spoken in a country cottage now that we have so many dialect comedies' (P (I895) repr.
A Commentary on the Collected Plays of W. B. Yeats by A. Norman Jeffares