W.B. Yeats, Magus

"Yeats may have been carrying around in his head a kind of vastly complicated zodiac, a system for explaining the whole of human life and its history, but as he writes to her [his wife, Georgie] of calming down a hysterical devotee of the Golden Dawn, or discussing with the Indian mystic, Shri Purohit Swami, … Continue reading W.B. Yeats, Magus

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The Symbolism of Poetry, by W.B. Yeats

Composed in 1900, Yeats's influential essay "The Symbolism of Poetry" offers an extended definition of symbolism and a meditation on the nature of poetry in general. The Symbolism of Poetry by William Butler Yeats "All writers, all artists of any kind, in so far as they have had any philosophical or critical power, perhaps just … Continue reading The Symbolism of Poetry, by W.B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats reading his own poems – audio

W. B. Yeats reading his own poems Yeats made these recordings for the wireless in 1932, 1934 and the last on 28 October 1937 when he was 72. He died on January 28 1939. The photograph shows him sitting before the microphone in 1937. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)