A Book of Preferences in Literature

A Book of Preferences in Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...of the race. Quietism will bring us into closer relation with this nucleus of feeling and emotion, and the poet speaks willingly of visions coming from that source, and of dreams which he afterwards wrote down in verse. Vision and dream, indeed, are short cuts and open doors to the dim kingdom he loves. A deep-seated tendency to quietism frequently enough has the effect of discouraging action and also speech. It may even admit no necessary connexion between the inner life and the accepted moralities of the day. Mr. Yeats is no exception. The activities of the body and all human energies seem slight things in comparison to the vitality of the soul. He speaks therefore with a certain contempt of "dusty deeds "; and in "The Blessed" proclaims that "the blessedest soul in the world went nodding a drunken head." The old sea rover of "The Shadowy Waters," and Dectora the captive woman who loved him, put both love and life aside with a measure of scorn. "As to living, our servants will do that for us." Nature herself has to be re-created in the heart before the stars can shine, the winds blow, and the spices flow forth for this fastidious visionary, as may be seen by reference to " The Two Trees," one of the most mystical of his poems. I do not think myself "The Two Trees" to be amongst the most haunting and perfect of Mr. Yeats' lyrics. Better judges than the present writer appreciate it more highly than he is able to do. There is no doubt, however, that the substance and message of the poem are vitalized by the sincerest conviction. It is of peculiar authority to those who would learn something of the mystic's creed. To its author, as to all visionaries, the world is only a little...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236574656
  • 9781236574657