Part of the Macmillan Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature book series


To study the closing decade of Yeats’s career by examining the political causes he embraced and the political questions he addressed may seem to narrow unjustifiably the wide field over which his interest ranged in those years: his fascination with Indian religion and collaboration with Shri Purohit Swami, his renewed interest in sexual love, his attempt to make his poems as simple and profound as folk ballads. In that highly political decade, however, even interests as near to Yeats as his work with the Swami, his reawakened sexuality, and poetry itself often either defined themselves by their contrast to politics, or created a space for themselves by fending off politics.


Political Question Indian Religion Efficient Rule Heroic Poetry Modern Verse 
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© Paul Scott Stanfield 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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