31 January to 5 March 1918

  • George Mills Harper


The collaborators returned to their task with renewed excitement on 31 January. When the unnamed Control declined to make an opening “statement”, Yeats directed a series of questions to the physical and spiritual state of “the newly dead”, the first of the seven topics to be explored in the two parts of the Second State: (1) “of man & the spirits”; (2) “of the spirits & God”.


Celestial Body Fixed Idea Dead Body Fading Memory Conscious Mind 
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  1. 19.
    Richard Taylor, Frank Pearce Sturm: His Life, Letters, and Collected Work (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1969) p. 76. Sturm had several times before requested an audience with Yeats.Google Scholar
  2. 30.
    Yeats refers to John Burke’s A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom (1826, published annually since 1847).Google Scholar

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