Book review: Running Upon The Wires, by Kate Tempest
Only an aching heart,” wrote William Butler Yeats in his mighty 1923 poem, “Meditations in Time of Civil War”, “conceives a changeless work of art.” Of course, there’s more than a slim chance that Yeats might have had himself in mind when he penned those lines; by this point in his career he had proposed marriage to his muse Maude Gonne no less than four times and her daughter Iseult twice, and had been rejected every time. He was also, it’s fair to say, a poet who gave a certain amount of thought to his artistic legacy. Still, even if he had been looking outside his own oeuvre to prove his... read more
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