Monday, July 30, 2012

W.B.Yeats, Magus

“For Yeats magic was not so much a kind of poetry as poetry a kind of magic, and the object of both alike was evocation of energies and knowledge from beyond normal consciousness.” The salient word there is “evocation,” casting the poet as a magus conjuring verbal spirits, not from his imagination but from a higher, or a deeper, place.
From Lapham's Quarterly, via Arts and Letters Daily 

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