The Celtic Twilight: 100%

View from our Dublin hotel room, at the end of May 2019. It was nearly 10pm, a much later twilight than I am accustomed to in Southern latitudes.

So, I finished W.B. Yeats’s The Celtic Twilight on my Serial Reader app a few weeks ago, but haven’t had the opportunity to share anything about it until now.

Overall, it was a mostly fun and light-hearted read, especially after slogging through ALL The Canterbury Tales. While most of The Tales felt undeniably real, the essays in The Celtic Twilight had an ephemeral quality to them. Case in point, in “The Friar’s Tale,” the devil in his green suit seemed like someone I could easily meet today. The faeries and “Sidhe” that Yeats wrote about felt as shimmery and fleeting as you’d expect such otherworldly creatures to be.

A few noteworthy items I took from The Celtic Twilight:

  • Yeats wrote about Ben Bulben, a mountain in County Sligo: “…the mountain in whose side the square white door swings open at nightfall to loose the faery riders on the world.” I love this idea. If I ever return to Ireland, I would love to go hiking there.
  • In an essay entitled “Dreams That Have No Moral,” Yeats lays out a rambling history of a young man named Jack and a series of giants who cry, “Fee-faw-fum, I smell the blood of an Irishman.” A little different from how I learned Jack’s story, and this tale had no beanstalk.
  • I’ll wrap this up with my favorite quote from The Celtic Twilight:

“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear.”

One thought on “The Celtic Twilight: 100%

  1. I really love this one, especially with my Irish background on Mama’s side. She was an O’Reilly and her brother Alvin was a priest and friend of your dad’s. My great-grandparents War victims of the Irish famine. And I spent three months at a renewal program in Dublin in 2000, plus a few weeks on either end for touring and visiting with my friends in Dublin.

    Your birthday is coming up, and hope we can celebrate in some way . Let me know how you feel about eating out or eating in. I tend to be cautious especially about eating indoors, although I have done that a few times but not recently. And I am still not driving after my recent fall that led to vertigo and balance issues. I’m getting good help with PT rehab, but they are puzzled that it is going so slowly. Will visit my primary doctor next week and bring suggestion from PT about seeing a neurologist. I am able to celebrate Mass , but this has delayed me from  returning to hospital Ministry. Pardon all these details, but I do hope that we can celebrate in some way. I am not in any pain, and trying to be patient with the process. Peace Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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