Don’t be afraid of how I sound, the ancient chants are here inside the poems.
–Yeats on reading his poems aloud
If you’ve ever heard a recording of Yeats reading his poetry it’s quite unsettling. He had a rather pretentious, overly dramatic voice. But the poetry . . . Guessing from this quote, he knew as much.
I had the same reaction. But when I found this quote it made him easier to listen to (a bit.)
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