BL. W. B. Yeats
230. Martin, Heather C. W. B. Yeats: Metaphysician as Dramatist. Gerrards Cross: Smythe, 1986.
Mainly concerned with the influence of Yeats’s
mystical studies on his drama, but includes discussion of the influence
of the nô: Yeats’s dance plays ‘are strikingly similar . . .
to the Japanese Noh’, Martin believes, but this is ‘almost
completely coincidental’; Yeats ‘embraced the Japanese plays . . .
because they provided him with an established tradition for his own dramatic
experiments’, but they influenced the development of his drama ‘far
less than is often supposed’.