A Vision: Ideas of God and Man

  • Neil Mann
Part of the Yeats Annual book series (YA)


Writing of A Vision1 to Ezra Pound, Yeats declared,

I will never think any thoughts but these, or some modification or extension of these; when I write prose or verse they must be somewhere present though not it may be in the words; they must affect my judgment of friends and of events; but then there are many symbol-isms and none exactly resembles mine.2


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  1. 2.
    W. B. Yeats, A Packet for Ezra Pound (Dublin: Cuala Press, 1929) pp. 32–3.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Cited in George Mills Harper, The Making of Yeats’s A Vision: A Study of the Automatic Script, 2 vols (London: Macmillan; Carbondale and Eduardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987) ii, 407–8, dated to 23 April 1925;Google Scholar
  3. Ellmann, Yeats: The Man and the Masks, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979) p. 291, dated to 1937.Google Scholar
  4. 7.
    See the Robartes-Aherne dialogue of 1919, cited in Ellmann, Yeats: The Man and the Masks, p. 235; and also a 1922 draft of Owen Aherne’s Introduction to AV A, cited in Richard Ellmann, The Identity of Yeats (London: Macmillan, 1954; Faber and Faber, 1964) p. 322.Google Scholar
  5. 12.
    See Harper, The Making of Yeats’s A Vision, and “`Unbelievers in the House’: Yeats’s Automatic Script”, Studies in the Literary Imagination (University of Georgia), 14, no. 1 (Spring 1981) 1–15.Google Scholar
  6. 13.
    A rejected typescript passage on the Daimon, cited in H. Adams, Blake and Yeats: The Contrary Vision (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1955) p. 281.Google Scholar
  7. 16.
    Helen Vendler, Yeats’s Vision and the Later Plays (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1963).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 40.
    Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, sec. 5, in The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner, tr. Walter Kaufmann (New York: Vintage, 1967) p. 52. See YL 1437.Google Scholar

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