A Vision (The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume 14) by W. B. Yeats

By W. B. Yeats

A brand new annotated version of Yeats’s crucial, lifelong paintings of philosophy—a meditation at the connections among the mind's eye, heritage, and the metaphysical—this quantity finds the poet’s maximum strategies at the occult.

First released in 1925, after which considerably revised through the writer in 1937, A Vision is a special paintings of literary modernism, and revelatory advisor to Yeats’s personal poetry and pondering. necessary to an figuring out of the poet’s past due paintings, and entrancing by itself advantage, the ebook provides the “system” of philosophy, psychology, background, and the lifetime of the soul that Yeats and his spouse, George, bought and created through mediumistic experiments from 1917 throughout the early Nineteen Twenties. Yeats obsessively revised the unique publication that he wrote in 1925, and the 1937 model is the definitive model of what Yeats desired to say.

Now, provided in a scholarly variation for the 1st time via Yeats students Catherine E. Paul and Margaret generators Harper, the 1937 model of A Vision is a vital, crucial literary source and essential for all critical readers of Yeats.

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Those subjective acts subject poems to further recodings. And not only each new “reading” or interpretation. Each recitation, as well as each retranscription (any new printing), will recode Humpty Dumpty’s poem, rather the way each performance of a musical piece recodes the original composition. —But then we cannot here speak of “the original composition,” for in any case we can have only whatever set of recodings stand in the field of attention that organizes the new composition. —The idea of original composition is a particular critical formulation, a certain way of coding a work for certain reading purposes.

The conceptual environments that writers, or readers for that matter, imagine for them. As a consequence, “impossible” conceptual formations are always emerging in spaces where they “should not” be appearing. In the case of the “motion” text above, therefore, we register critical lines of thought growing as simultaneous counterstatements within the text’s manifest content. We cannot read that text without thinking, against linguistic appearances, that knowledge emerges where there at first seemed only beauty.

No it’s not. Some events have no semblance at all in the mind. They strictly occur, vicious word. The animals certainly are thoughtless, and the unpainted walls. A world in which only alien things can be said to be housed. The contents of bodies remains a mystery, no matter what has been laid bare in moments of fear. I am often afraid to open my shoes. The pendulum I can only dimly see through the stained glass of the clock case, what accompanies it in its daily rounds? A vast treatise could be constructed on the aids to interiors.

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