Marion Keller

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Ralph M. Wardle


Among contemporary poets, William Butler Yeats remains unsurpassed. His achievement as a poet is even greater when one considers the struggle which was a part of it. Although it is difficult and, perhaps, unwise to claim immorality for contemporary art, the critics have not hesitated to applaud Yeats and claim him as one of the great poets of all time. W. Somerset Maugham said of Yeats: “He was certainly the greatest poet of his generation, and I think it is safe to bet that he will occupy an honorable, more, an exalted place in the long line of poets who, since Chaucer have made our literature splendid.”


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts Department of English. Copyright 1949 Marion Keller.

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