BL. W. B. Yeats

255. Chiba, Yoko. ‘The Shamanistic Elements in Yeats and Noh’. Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies 10 (1992): 89-114.

Argues that in spite of the many studies about Yeats and the nô certain ‘fundamental’ issues have not been addressed. Traces Yeats’s interests in shamanistic practices before his discovery of the nô, shamanistic symbols and themes in Japanese tradition including the nô, and argues that Yeats’s intuitive understanding of these accounts in part for his interest in and adaptation of the form. Proceeds to an insightful reading of At the Hawk’s Well (12). Includes notes as well about the ‘Zen aesthetic’ in Yeats’s work and in the nô.






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