Riddled with Light
Metaphor in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats
Literary Criticism
5.5 x 8.5, 250 pp.
Pub Date: 09/16/2014
Price:        $40.00


Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press

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Riddled with Light

Metaphor in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats

Mark Sanders

In the Introduction to Mark Sanders’ Riddled with Light: Metaphor in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats, critic and poet Stephen C. Behrendt writes, “Sanders shows us Yeats anew, laboring on his visionary engine to produce a profoundly metaphoric poetry and a poetics that enfranchises and empowers his audience by making that audience both a respondent and, more important, an active co-creator whose role in both the making and the performing of Yeats’ art has for too long been insufficiently understood and appreciated. In setting this matter straight, Sanders does a service for us no less than for Yeats, and in the process he reminds us of the sheer, sweeping dynamism of Yeats’ unfailingly energetic and confrontational art.” In his critical works, Sanders has written extensively about Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Karl Shapiro, regional poets from the Great Plains and—a writer loyal to locale, as well—William Butler Yeats.  Indeed, in the seven essays that comprise Riddled with Light, Sanders explores the development of Yeats’ metaphorical concepts throughout the poet’s career, analyzing the types of metaphors Yeats used while tracing the impact of specific metaphors on a poem’s language, rhythm, metrical and grammatical structures, and form. Individual chapters are devoted to the conceptual metaphors that unify Yeats’ work and provide readers with an overreaching arc to make a comprehensive reading of the poet’s work as well as a thorough understanding of his poetics.

Mark Sanders is a widely published poet, with recent appearances in Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, The Midwest Quarterly, and numerous other journals.    Sanders’ books include The Suicide, Before We Lost Our Ways, Here in the Big Empty, and Landscapes, with Horses.  His most recent book, Conditions of Grace:  New and Selected Poems, was published by SFA Press in 2011.


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