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When all that story's finished' is evidently, as you pointed out, the later text. Thank you". " This very interesting episode illustrates the aura of reverence surrounding the Edition de Luxe Poems, at least in the minds of George Yeats and Thomas Mark. Mrs Yeats was willing to disregard Yeats's revision and publish "Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931" in the seven-stanza form. Mark was not willing to go to that extreme; but even though he wrote on the 1932 proof that "The Collected Poems text must be the later and correct one", he did not apply that principle to the title, which reverts to the longer form in Poems (1949).

I write my work so completely for the ear that I feel helpless when I have to measure pauses by stops & commas". But the text in question was an anthology printing, and to some extent Yeats was being deferential to the older poet. See The Correspondence of Robert Bridges and W. B. Yeats, ed. Richard]. Finneran (London: Macmillan, 1977), pp. 34-7, for the context of Yeats's remark. On the other hand, Curtis Bradford was a staunch defender of Yeats's punctuation, both in his review of the Variorum Poems in Sewanee Review, 68, No.

All editions in Yeats's lifetime as well as the 1932 proofs punctuate as below the brilliant conclusion of the poem, in which the speaker vows to "study I In a learned school" until "what worse evil come-" The death of friends, or death Of every brilliant eye 7 This approximate figure does not include the poems from The Winding Stair and Other Poems section of the Collected Poems. For the reasons noted in the previous chapter, by following the 1932 proofs in Poems (1949), Mark intro· duced numerous misreadings into that section.

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