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From stater to stanza: money, monument and matrix in Saorstát Yeats

Abstract : An analysis of the the poems W. B. Yeats wrote during his presidency of the commission for the design of the saorstát coineage reveal a remarkable numismatic influence. In particular, the poems that use the octave stanza of the Italian quattrocento during this period combine a 'hammering' prosody with strongly medal-like imagery creating an almost ekphrastic effect which brings to mind the coins proposed by the monumental artist of fascist Italy, Publio Morbiducci, whose neoclassicism Yeats particularly admired.
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Samuel Trainor. From stater to stanza: money, monument and matrix in Saorstát Yeats. La voix et le masque dans l’oeuvre de W. B. Yeats : le théâtre des identités, Margaret Mills Harper; Alexandra Poulain; International Yeats Society; CECILLE EA 4074, Sep 2009, Lille, France. ⟨hal-01465312⟩



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