yeatspapertimeandmagic

yeatspapertimeandmagic - Anna Millard Past, Present, and...

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Anna Millard Past, Present, and Other Fictions We have discussed that it is the nature of an intellectual to have an inordinate drive to pursue truth, but in that case what differentiates an artist from an intellectual? I propose that the answer lies in their definition of truth. To an intellectual, there may be an objective truth, a set of facts, the way a third party who watches the world, if such a party existed, would describe events, would explain why things happen the way they do. But an artist seeks a different brand of truth, a brand which may be unique to each seeker. Yeats was certainly an intellectual, but what makes him an artist as well is the truth he strives to find. In his essay Magic, Yeats describes some of his controversial spiritual beliefs. He believes in a collective unconscious that each of us tap into from time to time; for Yeats, this collective memory, this eternal psyche of the universe, is truth, and as an artist this is what he seeks. He states that, “what we call romance, poetry, intellectual beauty, is
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course ENG 389 taught by Professor Jamesflannery during the Fall '11 term at Emory.

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yeatspapertimeandmagic - Anna Millard Past, Present, and...

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