• Noreen Doody


The last chapter concludes that the contribution that Wilde made to Yeats’s creativity is immense: the intellectual concepts, metaphysical speculations and artistic symbols and images that Yeats appropriated from Wilde changed the poet’s perspective and informed the imaginative system of beliefs that Yeats formulated as the basis of his dramatic and poetic work.

Yeats as a major poet was subject to many influences and, doubtless, he chose or was chosen by multifarious texts and ideas that contributed to his creative imagination, but what this book shows is that Wilde not only figures as one of the many contributors to Yeats’s art but was, indeed, a major precursor of W.B. Yeats.

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  • Noreen Doody
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  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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