By Claire Nally
Even though W. B. Yeats is among the so much over-theorised authors within the Irish canon, little try has been made to situate his occult works within the political context of early twentieth-century eire. via comparing the 2 types of A Vision, released in 1925 and 1937, this booklet presents a technique for knowing the political and cultural impulses that proficient Yeats’s engagement with the otherworld. the writer means that the Yeatsian occult operates very firmly in the political parameters of Irish nationalism, frequently as a critique of the hot unfastened kingdom, or as a substitute means of mythologising and inaugurating a brand new kingdom kingdom. The occult, faraway from being freed from all political concerns, registers the poet’s transferring allegiances, from the Celticism of the Eighteen Nineties to his disenchantment with sleek eire within the unfastened State.
via shut readings of Yeats’s manuscripts and his fundamental and demanding works, together with a detailed overview of the usually ignored dramatic texts, the writer seeks to strength a rethinking of the serious reception of the Yeatsian occult via modern theoretical advancements in postcolonialism, subjectivity, nationwide identification and textual instability.