Yeats and Modern Poetry
There are two kinds of impersonality: that which is natural to a mere skilful craftsman, and that which is more and more achieved by the maturing artist … The second impersonality is that of the poet who, out of intense and personal experience, is able to express a general truth; retaining all the particularity of his experience, to make of it a general symbol. And the strange thing is that Yeats, having been a great craftsman in the first kind, became a great poet in the second.1
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- 5.Selected Writings of Walter Pater ed. H. Bloom (New York: New American Library, 1974), p. 47.Google Scholar