Nationalism in W.B.Yeats' Play, Cathleen ni Houlihan
Dr. Asghar Ali Ansari
Cathleen, Gaelic, Irish States, Nationalism, Symbolism.
A lot has been said about and written on W.B.Yeats’ and his poetry because he was a poet of par excellence. He has written many memorable poems like Lake Isle of Innisfree, Sailing to Byzantium, The Second Coming, Leda and the Swan. But as a playwright, he has been neglected and a very few critics have paid attention towards Yeats’ plays and so most of his plays have remained unexplored, and as a result, his reputation relies only on his poems. But if we study his plays in details, we will discover that W.B.Yeats was also a playwright of par excellence. In fact he has written near about twenty six poetic and realistic plays, some of them in the collaboration with Lady Gregory, like The Countess Cathleen, The Player Queen, The Land of Heart’s Desire, etc. In this paper we propose to study his play, Cathleen ni Houlihan to find out the nationalistic attitude of the characters in the play and the symbolism in it which is related with the freedom movement of Ireland and which represents an independent and separate Irish state.
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Unique Paper ID: 152550

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 3

Page(s): 765 - 770
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