BL. W. B. Yeats
188. Wilson, Bruce Matthew. ‘The Artifice of Eternity: Yeats and the Purgatorial Vision’. PhD thesis, University of Virginia, 1977. Abstract in DAI 38/9: 5470A.
Chapter 1, ‘Yeats and the Japanese Noh of Ghosts’,
discusses the influence of nô on European playwrights and argues
that Yeats found in the form a means of portraying his beliefs about the
‘spirit world’; Chapter 2 argues that in The
Dreaming of the Bones (14a)
and Purgatory (44b)
Yeats adapted the nô form and its ghosts to ‘portray the battle
between warring halves of the self’.