Books: Old Age

THE TOWER—William Butler Yeats— Macmillan ($2.25). Of contemporary poets many are bold, curious, fascinating; few are enduring. One of the few is Yeats, who in his triumphant youth brandished the wild beauty of Ireland with rich imagery of folklore, and in his reluctant 60's writes _a slim volume on old age reduced to platonic abstractions. What shall I do with this absurdity 0 heart, 0 troubled heart—this caricature, Decrepit age that has been tied to me As to a god's tail? But even age cannot undo with argument Yeats' fantastic imagination: Valley,...

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