Vol. 2 No. 2 (2012): W.B. Yeats: Visions, Revisions, New Visions, edited by Arianna Antonielli and Fiorenzo Fantaccini
W.B. Yeats: Visions, Revisions, New Visions

The Theosophical Symbolism in Yeats’s Vision

Arianna Antonielli
BSFM: Laboratorio editoriale OA (Responsabile)

Published 2017-11-04

How to Cite

Antonielli, A. (2017). The Theosophical Symbolism in Yeats’s Vision. Studi Irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 2(2), 7–20. https://doi.org/10.13128/SIJIS-2239-3978-13803


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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