The Theosophical Symbolism in Yeats’s Vision

Arianna Antonielli


In his Introduction to A Vision, Yeats defined his work as “a last act of defense against the chaos of the world”. A last act though which he wanted to give unity, through a rich symbolic substrate, to the space outside of nature and the space within his own mind. A unity he first met and fully understood when he joined Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society in 1887. This essay aims to examine the influence theosophy on Yeats’s literary works, namely on A Vision and how theosophical methodologies of investigation helped him to discover and adopt a metaphysical approach in his own internalisation and representation of material and spiritual realities.

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