Yeats and the white goddess:A study of the female imagery in the works of William Butler yeats

Çomak, Evrim Yalçin
The thesis presents an investigation of the plays and pre-1917 poems of William Butler Yeats. Taking Robert Graves's classification of the aspects of the White Goddess in The White Goddess as a starting point and analytical tool, important links between this figure and Yeats' s interests in ancient beliefs and mythology, the occult, the Irish Nationalist cause, and his personal life are identified. His near obsession with figures of beautiful and destructive women is shown to belong to a complex of ideas for which the Goddess and her attributes are seen to provide a pivot. The thesis identifies that, for Yeats, the enticing destroyer is a more important aspect of the Goddess than that of the creating mother.


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Citation Formats
E. Y. Çomak, “Yeats and the white goddess:A study of the female imagery in the works of William Butler yeats,” Middle East Technical University, 2002.