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Divine CartographiesGod, History, and Poiesis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot$
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W. David Soud

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777779.001.0001

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The Divine Self at Play

The Divine Self at Play

History and Liberation in the Late Poems of W. B. Yeats

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Divine Cartographies

W. David Soud

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by establishing how W. B. Yeats’s complex sense of religion began to take its final form in 1931, when he met Shri Purohit Swami and began a series of studies in Indic traditions and collaborative translations of Hindu texts. After establishing the background, the chapter addresses the impact of Yeats’s studies with Purohit on his late writings. Citing selected essays, poems, letters, both editions of A Vision, and several late poems, it traces Yeats’s explorations of both the Yoga philosophy of Patanjali and Tantric traditions, establishing how the poet’s Theosophically derived notions of self and divinity informed his perspective on Indic thought. The chapter ends with close readings of a series of poems including ‘Supernatural Songs’, ‘The Gyres’, and ‘Lapis Lazuli’, arguing that they develop from a constellation of images a map of the relation between history and eternity, conceived more in Indic than in Nietzschean terms.

Keywords:   Yeats, Purohit, India, Hindu, Yoga, Tantra, Nietzsche, Vision, Gyres, Lapis

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