Yeats the Initiate
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The poetry of WB Yeats is infused with his fascination with the occult, and no one understood this better than the poet, critic and scholar Kathleen Raine. The fruit of a lifetime’s study, the essays in this volume explore Yeats’s interest in Neoplatonism, Catholic mysticism, Far-Eastern religions, Irish folklore, theosophy and the tarot, alongside his debt to William Blake. The many illustrations illuminate the arcane ideas that inspired much of Yeats’s work.