symbolism in the poetry of w b yeats

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symbolism in the poetry of w. b. yeats

symbolism in the poetry of w. b. yeats

Presented by Susmitha Ann Varghese Dept. of English Mar Thoma College Tiruvalla

Presented by Susmitha Ann Varghese Dept. of English Mar Thoma College Tiruvalla

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM. *regarded as one of the most important representative symbolists

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM. *regarded as one of the most important representative symbolists of the twentieth century *mainly influenced by the French symbolist movement of the 19 th century *learned that “Anima Mundi”, a reservoir of all that has touched mankind may be evoked by symbols

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *became acquainted with the doctrine of correspondences, doctrine of

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *became acquainted with the doctrine of correspondences, doctrine of signatures, and the doctrine of magical in connotations and symbols which have power over spiritual and material reality *learned that all material things correspond to concepts in the world of spirit *through the use of material objects as symbols one may summon disembodied powers *Jungian philosophy—great symbols well up the depth of the “collective unconscious”, the racial memory

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *“ A symbol is indeed the possible expression of

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *“ A symbol is indeed the possible expression of some visible presence…”—Yeats *Dedicating the symbolist movement in literature to Yeats Arthur Symonds called his Irish friend, “the chief representative of that movement in our country”. *based his symbolism on the poetry of Blake, Shelley, Rossetti and above all, on the occult

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *had a deep fascination with mysticism and the occult

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *had a deep fascination with mysticism and the occult *poetry infused with the other worldly, the spiritual and the unknown *mysticism features prominently in the discussion of the reincarnation of the soul *symbols drawn from obscure sources– magic , occultism, alchemy, astrology, myth and folklore

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *Byzantium--symbol of “artifice of eternity” *his philosophical model of

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *Byzantium--symbol of “artifice of eternity” *his philosophical model of the conical gyre explains the journey of the soul, the passage of time and the guiding hand of fate *Swan--an important bird symbol— symbolizes unaging spirit of youth or immortality *bird cry -- denotes the urge of desire, physical and spiritual

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *sun and moon—denote fundamental contraries *sword--symbol of life, war,

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *sun and moon—denote fundamental contraries *sword--symbol of life, war, love and sex– also symbolize the soul or the vital principle unaffected by times *tattered covering over the sword– emblematic of old and decayed body which could still guard the soul

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *Tower– poets vision of the dark and dismal future

W. B. YEATS --- SYMBOLISM *Tower– poets vision of the dark and dismal future of humanity *The great beast– horrific , violent animal – to embody difficult , abstract subjects *Symbolism– a rebellion against the world of matter, the spatio-temporal world in which we live