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Religions 2017, 8(9), 182; doi:10.3390/rel8090182

To Never See Death: Yeats, Reincarnation, and Resolving the Antinomies of the Body-Soul Dilemma

School of Liberal Arts Faculty, Upper Iowa University, 605 Washington Street, P.O. Box 1857, Fayette, IA 52142, USA
Received: 31 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 27 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific)
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This essay addresses the ideas and schemas of reincarnation as used in the poetry and prose of William Butler Yeats, with particular focus on the two editions of A Vision. It contrasts the metaphysical system as given in A Vision (1937) with a number of inconsistencies found in Yeats’s poetic corpus, with an emphasis on how one might interpolate an escape from the cycle of lives, in at least one possibility while still maintaining corporality. The justification for this last comes from an analysis of complex cabalistic metaphors and teachings that Yeats learned as a member of MacGregor Mathers’ Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. View Full-Text
Keywords: A Vision; Golden Dawn; cabala; Aleister Crowley; Theosophy; Yeats; reincarnation A Vision; Golden Dawn; cabala; Aleister Crowley; Theosophy; Yeats; reincarnation
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Serra, C.N. To Never See Death: Yeats, Reincarnation, and Resolving the Antinomies of the Body-Soul Dilemma. Religions 2017, 8, 182.

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