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Gyres in Yeats’s Poetry

  • A. Norman Jeffares

Abstract

The word ‘gyre’ is used by writers, especially poets, to describe any whirling, spiral or circular motion. Its appearance in Spenser, Jonson, Fletcher, Drayton, Mrs Browning and Rossetti as a noun, and in Southey, Drayton, Fletcher, Barlow, Meredith, Hall and Carroll as a verb, need not cause any difficulty. It is an unusual word, but its meaning is clear, and it obviously corresponds to the commonplace ‘ gyration’.

Keywords

Symbolic Meaning Whirling Motion Break Branch Catastrophic Change Unusual Word 
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© Felicity Anne Jeffares 1970

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  • A. Norman Jeffares

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