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  • W. B. YeatsVariations on the Visionary Quest
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Alex Zwerdling

Instructor in English, Swarthmore College


1. The Trembling of the Veil (London, 1922), 130.

2. The Words upon the Window Pane (Dublin, 1934), 32–3. Italics mine.

3. See Richard Ellmann, Yeats: The Man and the Masks (New York, 1948), 121–3.

4. Poems, 1899–1905 (London, 1906). These lines were not in the first version of The Shadowy Waters.

5. W. B. Yeats: Letters to Katharine Tynan, ed. Roger McHugh (Dublin and London, 1953), 47.

6. Some Letters from W.B. Yeats to John O’Leary and His Sister, ed. Allan Wade (New York, 1953), 14.

7. See pp. 281–4.

8. A Vision (London, 1937), 302.

9. A Vision (London, 1925), 215.



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