Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: E930001-100

Supernatural Songs

Author: William Butler Yeats

Background details and bibliographic information

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Electronic edition compiled and proof-read by Beatrix Färber

Funded by School of History, University College, Cork

1. First draft.

Extent of text: 1910 words


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Text ID Number: E930001-100

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First published 1934 in The King of the Great Clock-Tower. That version contains only the first eight parts of the poem. A revised and enlarged version published in 'A Full Moon in March' (see n.2 under 'Editions' below).


  1. W. B. Yeats, The King of the Great Clock-Tower (=A Full Moon in March) (Dublin: Cuala Press 1934)
  2. W. B. Yeats, A Full Moon in March, part 3, 'Parnell's Funeral and other Poems' (London 1935).
  3. W. B. Yeats, The King of the Great Clock-Tower, and Commentaries and Poems [Facsimile reprint of 1st edition, Dublin 1934] (Shannon: Irish University Press 1970).
  4. W. B. Yeats, 'The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats', A new edition', edited by Richard J. Finneran, 1983 [reprinted].
    Literature (selection)
  1. T. K. Dunseath, 'Yeats and the Genesis of Supernatural Song', ELH 28/4, December 1961, 399–416.
  2. Helen Vendler, 'New Wine in Old Bottles: Yeats's 'Supernatural Songs'', The Southern Review, Spring 1991, 399–406.
  3. Patrick F. Sheeran, 'Legends of the Supernatural in Anglo-Irish Literature: The Migration of Signs: Third Response to Brian Earl's Paper', Béaloideas 60/61 (1992/92), 157–160.
  4. Helen Vendler, Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form (Oxford/New York 2007).
  5. A bibliography is available online at the official web site of the Nobel Prize. See:
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. William Butler Yeats Supernatural Poems in , Ed. Richard J. Finneran The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Macmillan Press, London, (1991) page 283–289


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The whole poem.

Editorial Declaration


The text has been proof-read twice.


The electronic text represents the edited text.


The editorial practice of the hard-copy editor has been retained.


div0= the individual poem, div1= the part, stanzas are marked lg.


Names of persons (given names), and places are not tagged. Terms for cultural and social roles are not tagged.

Canonical References

This text uses the DIV1 element to represent the part.

Profile Description

Created: By William Butler Yeats (1865–1939). Date range: between March 1933 and December 1934.

Use of language

Language: [EN] The poem is in English.

Revision History