Friday, 30. December 2005
The System of W. B. Yeats’s “A Vision”
On the afternoon of October 24th 1917, four days after my marriage, my wife surprised me by attempting automatic writing. What came in disjointed sentences, in almost illegible writing, was so exciting, sometimes so profound, that I persuaded her to give an hour or two day after day to the unknown writer, and after some half-dozen such hours offered to spend what remained of life explaining and piecing together those scattered sentences. ‘No,’ was the answer, ‘we have come to give you metaphors for poetry.’
Introduction to “A Vision”
The picture on the left shows T. Werner Laurie's Prospectus for Subscribers for the 1925 version of A Vision. The 1937 version, published by Macmillan, and which is significantly different, had a print-run of 1,500.
|This web site is dedicated to the work of the Irish poet W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), specifically to the strange, esoteric system which he and his wife, George, created, and which he expounded in A Vision. It is intended primarily for students of this work, and also for those who are interested in the intellectual and symbolic background to his later poetry and prose.|
The System of W. B. Yeats’s "A Vision" (English)
More Works by William Butler Yeats at Project Gutenberg
Poetry by W.B. Yeats on Bibliomania
Alphabetical Listing of the Poems of W. B. Yeats
W.B. Yeats by Barrie Maguire
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