The Secret Rose

The Secret Rose William Butler Yeats

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This collection of short stories by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939), a leader of the Irish literary revival, a Nobel laureate, includes his works, inspired by Irish beliefs and legends, the teachings of the Rosicrucians and other mystical doctrines. The central subject of these narratives, whose chronology extends from pre-Christian times to the author’s days, is the unremitting war of spiritual with natural order. Protagonists of the book — poets and lovers, monks and men of learning, the knights of St. John and members of the Order of the Alchemical Rose — serve sacrificially an elusive ideal, embodied in the mystical image of the rose whose petals show between them now timeless vision of spiritual beauty, now infinitely dear face of a beloved woman, now Ireland’s eternal soul…


Additional information

Product code: 00267

ISBN: 978-617-664-186-5

Publish year: 2020

Genre: Fiction literature

Age categories: Adult

Cover: Hardcover

Size: 20×13 см

Illustrations: Black & white


William Butler Yeats in defence of (un) disappearing beauty

Nadiia Morykvas


…Out of gratitude for the interesting story told by the dying knight with a small ruby rose on his helmet, instead of the usual crest of a neighbouring lord or king, the young “cock-stealer” decided to dig a grave for him. But he did not finish his work, because under the mountain a cock crowed, and the lad hurried to catch it.

This is just one of the stories of this amazing visionary book which are perhaps most of all parables in the shape of short stories, or dreams of strange and ruined beauty which are combined into three cycles.

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Manifestation of the Spirit of the Whole Nation

Bohdan Stadnyk


The Secret Rose by the Irish poet and writer William Butler Yeats was recently published by the Astrolabe Publishing in Olena O’Lear’s translation. But what do we know about Ireland? Leprechauns. St. Patrick. The song Zombie and the IRA (Irish Republican Army, not India Pale Ale)… What else? One of the oldest and largest megalithic structures in Europe: the majestic Newgrange and the mounds of the Boyne Valley. The most educated people of the dark Middle Ages — monks, book copyists and ingenious artists of miniatures in those books; architects of picturesque monasteries and high round towers that raised their tops into the sky.

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