Past-Praiser

Frank Kermode

  • Dear Shadows: Portraits from Memory by John Wain
    Murray, 186 pp, £10.95, April 1986, ISBN 0 7195 4284 7
  • The Oxford Library of English Poetry edited by John Wain
    Oxford, 1430 pp, £27.50, April 1986, ISBN 0 19 212246 0

In the poem which provides John Wain with the title of this book Yeats is addressing the dead Gore-Booth sisters and telling them, quite tenderly at first, that now they’re dead they know it all –

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