W. B. Yeats pp 197-211 | Cite as

Conclusion: Towards the Significance

  • Vinod Sena


Speaking of Poets and Scholars, Maurice Bowra observes: ‘Poets are by no means the best equipped to appreciate the poetry of others, and the notion that such scholarship as poetry needs is best provided by them bears no relation to actual experience.’ The explanation he gives is as cogent as it is simple: ‘The better a poet is the less he seems able to understand what his fellows do, he is so occupied with solving his own problems that he often fails to grasp that others have different problems and look for different solutions.’ Even if he had not gone on to list Yeats among the ‘many salutary examples’ that ‘History, both ancient and modern, provides’,1 his case springs readily enough to mind.


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  • Vinod Sena
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  1. 1.University of DelhiIndia

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