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 vital, lifelong paintings of philosophy—a meditation at the connections among the mind's eye, background, and the metaphysical—this quantity unearths the poet’s maximum strategies at the occult.

First released in 1925, after which considerably revised by way of the writer in 1937, A Vision is a special paintings of literary modernism, and revelatory consultant to Yeats’s personal poetry and pondering. essential to an realizing of the poet’s past due paintings, and entrancing by itself advantage, the e-book offers the “system” of philosophy, psychology, background, and the lifetime of the soul that Yeats and his spouse, George, obtained and created by way of mediumistic experiments from 1917 during 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, awarded in a scholarly version for the 1st time by means of Yeats students Catherine E. Paul and Margaret turbines Harper, the 1937 model of A Vision is a crucial, crucial literary source and vital for all severe readers of Yeats.

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