Yeats wrote criticism more or less continuously throughout his life. He read very widely. Not only did he assimilate what he read but he had a flair for finding in the works of others what he wanted for his own poetic purposes, and in his reading he sought confirmation for his own ideas and beliefs.2 He talked freely of his discoveries, using them to bolster his own theories and convictions; and he also wrote freely about them, using prose as a means of exploring and explaining his thoughts. He was primarily interested in the emotions and impulses that create literature.
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