Yeats – A Dialogue of Self and Soul (1933)

From The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933). Told in eight-line stanzas composed of two In Memoriam stanzas. The first five stanzas are are actually a dialogue between the soul and the self. Begins with the soul summoning the self to ascend the tower of eternity, with a response from the Self that recalls “A Coat”, where Yeats describes his Song as an embroidery of old mythologies: he imagines himself “The wooden scabbard bound and wound, / Can tattered, still protect, faded adorn.” This conversation goes on until part two, in which the self emerges as the soul speaker (successfully sublimation?) for four incredible stanzas, in which he reflects on the process of aging and comes to turns with “the defiling and disfigured  shape” of human experience: “I am content to live it all again.”

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