BL. W. B. Yeats
73. Witt, Marion. ‘Yeats’ A Dialogue of Self and Soul’ (30a). Explicator, 5/7 (1947): no. 48.
Witt notes that Sato’s sword and its embroidered
wrapping in the poem under discussion are for Yeats symbols of the ‘vital
objective life’ of ‘war and love’; she follows by noting
that ‘the sword as symbol for the active life is very common in
Yeats’ work’ from the eighties forward, and concludes that
in this poem ‘the sword and embroidery are . . .
only incidentally Japanese . . . not inherently so’.