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Yeats and Theosophy

Yeats and Theosophy


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About the Book

When H. P. Blavatsky, the controversial head of the turn of the century movement Theosophy, defined a true Theosophist in her book The Key to Theosophy, she could have just as easily have been describing W. B. Yeats. Blavatsky writes, A true Theosophist must put in practice the loftiest moral ideal, must strive to realize his unity with the whole of humanity, and work ceaselessly for others. Although Yeats joined Blavatsky's group in 1887, and subsequently left to help form The Golden Dawn in 1890, Yeats's career as poet and politician were very much in line with the methods set forth by Blavatsky's doctrine. This project explores how Yeats employs this pop-culture occultism in the creation of his own national literary aesthetic. The project not only examines the influence theosophy has on the literary work Yeats produced in the late 1880's and 1890's, but also Yeats's work as literary critic and anthology editor during that time.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415955546
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: mm
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0415955548
  • Publisher Date: 29 Aug 2007
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 252
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 0 gr


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