Yeats and Myth

Yeats and Myth

Forthcoming in February 2016: an article title "Nationality and History in Yeats's Poetics of Myth and Mythmaking." The article investigates how Yeats uses myth and mythmaking for both aesthetic and political ends. Myth serves the poet two purposes: (1) celebrating what he calls "imaginative nationalism," that is, the Irish cause; and (2) his poetic career, insofar as the poet creates his own myth about his mission as poet and intellectual.  What is interesting about Yeats is that  myth is used as part of his quest for self-mythologisation. 

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published in: 2015-10-14 11:08:12