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This book traces the development of alchemical discourse in the work of W.B. Yeats. His early essays and Golden Dawn transcripts demonstrate that for the poet, the alchemist was both artist and initiate. Gorski considers the themes of transformation, apocalypse, and futurity in relation to Yeats' alchemical representations of the 1890s. He uncovers Yeats' postmodern trajectory - to reconstitute the body, history, and material contingency which Yeats' original Symbolist aesthetic sought to transcend for "a world made wholly of essences." Yeats and Alchemy bridges the resistant discourse of hermeticism and poststructuralism in alchemy's reclaiming of the culturally discarded value, in its theorizing of construction and deconstruction, and in its siting of the Other within the subject. Discussions of previously unpublished Yeats journals theorize on the Body's place and potential in spiritual transformation. Gorski also highlights the role Yeats assigned to alchemy in marriage and in his turbulent partnership with Maud Gonne.
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Traces the development of alchemical discourse in the Irish poet's early essays, Golden Dawn transcripts, and previously unpublished journals. Finds that Yeats saw the alchemist as both artist and initiate; sought to reconstitute the body, history and material contingency that his earlier Symbolist aesthetic tried to transcend; theorized on the potential of the body in spiritual transformation; and assigned alchemy a role in marriage. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 No Mere Chemical Fantasy 1
2 The Poem as Hermetic Laboratory 29
3 Avoidance and the Void 63
4 Mystical Marriage 119
5 Philosophical Stones in the Dung Heap 159
Notes 201
Bibliography 211
Index 219
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