W.B. Yeats: Poetry, Mysticism, and the Occult
Academie Gnostique hosts W.B. Yeats: Poetry, Mysticism, and the Occult at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 17, at 126 Baronne Street.
“The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write,” wrote the nineteenth century Irish poet W.B. Yeats.
This talk will address Yeat’s life and his poetry in relation to his membership of the Theosophical Society and, later, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and his relationship with MacGregor Mathers. Special attention will be paid to the mystical and magical allusions in Yeats’ poetry, and their connection to language and ritual.
Mikita Brottman, PhD, is professor of humanistic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she teaches courses on animals in myth and magic, the uncanny, and true crime. She is also a psychoanalyst, and the author of Phantoms of the Clinic (Karnac, 2011) and Hyena (Reaktion, 2012), among other books.
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