Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mythologies by William Butler Yeats

This was a random find at the bookstore and I am very happy about it. It is a book of prose about Irish folklore told in three colle titled The Celtic Twilight, The Secret Rose and Stories of Red Hamrahan. I love the country myths, the spiritual traditions, legends and stories of the occult. What's more fun to read about than banshees and faeries, demons and curses, village ghosts and mystic poets?

All the volumes were written between 1893 and 1917. Yeats was born in Dublin. He wrote plays such as The Countess Cathleen (1892), The Land of Heart's Desire (1894), Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902), The King's Threshold (1904), and Deirdre (1907). Some of his poetry was The Wild Swans at Coole (1919), Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921), The Tower (1928), The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), and Last Poems and Plays (1940). In 1923 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lord James was always the gentleman

Beloved cat, beloved friend,

May our friendship

Never end.

From whiskers’ edge

To tip of tail,

May Bast protect

Without fail.

Nine times nine

Your life and mine,

In Bast’s blessing,