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Dance and Woman in W illiam Butler Yeats’s Poet

Hyun Sook Huh 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

W. B. Yeats’s poetry as a whole is to be read as his efforts to share a woman’s desire to express herself. Specifically the image of ‘dance’ is developed through his entire stages of poetic changes in signifying his mind towards a woman. In his early poems the immortal fairies dance separated from human reality. In this respect the dance is just an image of the heavenly world and lacks the human blood. However, the dances in Yeats’s poems written in the early 20th century are embodied with female dancers. With this embodiment the dance image forms the equation of the form and contents and expresses Yeats’s own concepts on women as a medium of “Unity of Being.” The use of a female dancer for a mystic heroin signifying the “Unity of Being” suggests his achievement of full understanding of human beings as well as dance.

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