The Gyroscopic Transformation of Self Quest in W. B. Yeats’s Poetry
Carrying a story to tell is the “ancient burden” of craftsmen, and it is one of the characteristics of the quest to find oneself, since a journey requires recognition of the aspects of self and anti–self. Like the speaker of his poems, W.B. Yeats has something to tell. His poetry draws nourishment from the battle between the dichotomies of self and anti–self, human and divine, mind and intellect, past and present, and body and soul.
This book covers a selection of Yeats’s poems from 1889 to 1939, discussing them within the frame of the quest to find oneself and its gyroscopic transformation. The book illustrates that self is not a single entity, but has multiple layers, and it can be found within the quest in which it experiences a simultaneous transformation with every phase of the antithetical structure of gyroscopic movements. In addition, the way of the quest is cyclical; however, it is not a vicious cycle, since, in life, every end is a phase of a beginning and every beginning is a phase of an end.
Özlem Saylan graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature at Selçuk University, Turkey, in 2012. She currently works in the Western Language and Literature Department of Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey, and is working towards a doctorate at Atatürk University, Turkey, in the same field of study.
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