This five-session course will cover poetry and plays penned in Irish and English from William Butler Yeats. We will take an in-depth look at Yeats' extraordinary body of work: poems and plays. We will also consider why the critical response to his plays has often not equaled the response to his poems. Any edition of Collected Poems of Yeats is fine; read as many as you can, in advance! The plays we'll read are : Deirdre, Cathleen ni Houlihan, and The Cat and the Moon.