Signs of Mind and the Return of the Native: Wordsworth to Yeats

Cairns Craig

in Associationism and the Literary Imagination

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748609123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652044 | DOI:
Signs of Mind and the Return of the Native: Wordsworth to Yeats

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This chapter is concerned with poetry, and looks at how symbolism is involved with association. It studies William Wordsworth's theory of poetry and unusual associative connections, and examines the importance of the nature of a poet's memory. The chapter then looks at associationism's claim that the world was necessarily invested with personal meanings, and considers the role of memories in association. The final sections of the chapter discuss W.B. Yeats' conception of the symbol and his belief that art recalled a transhistorical memory, and not the memory of individual human beings.

Keywords: poetry; symbolism; William Wordsworth; theory of poetry; associative connections; memory; personal meanings; W.B. Yeats; transhistorical memory

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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