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This Collier's edition contains all of Yeat's final revisions, including the major addition to the second edition, "A Packet for Ezra Pound"....

Title : A Vision
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ISBN : 9780020556008
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 305 Pages
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A Vision Reviews

  • J.W. Dionysius Nicolello
    2019-01-25 17:12

    I strongly recommend reading this on heavy psychedelics, that is, if your tolerance is kaleidoscopic to the point that you can read while hallucinating. I purchased this book when I was a teenager in California traveling after high school for the first time, because like many a good American boy I read the Beats extensively in my late teens. Lucien Carr, who killed Dave Kammerer with a Boy Scout knife, as a young football-playing John Kerouac went to the slammer over as well. On Carr, they found the knife, A Vision, and Rimbaud's Illuminations.I have no idea what is going on here. I can easily find out, but I prefer to pick it up annually and take a look at Pound's packet and certain charts. It's like recommending someone a film like House, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, In a Glass Cage, or, say, a novel like The Making of Americans; i.e. I guess I could tell you what's going on, if you give me a second, but I'd just rather plague you with the thing(s) and see if you ever get back to me, if the mind-fuck brought something, good or bad, out of you. I'll just call this one Amazing, at the sake of seeming archaic, as it's been some change short of a decade and I've never met a professor, prostitute, plebeian, pedestrian, punk, pornographer, puzzle-maker, print-shop apprentice, poet that's ever brought this one up, or had it out on the shelves. Take a look, see what happens.

  • Greg
    2019-02-06 13:34

    I don't know what to categorize this book as. This book is Yeats' synthesis of the 'automatic writings' and nocturnal speaking (talking while she was asleep, by spirits) from his wife. The spirits described to him an overly elaborate system of the universe which is a mix of the Kaballah and 17th and 18th attempts at all encompassing history, with more than a healthy dose of astrology thrown in. Yeats expounds this theory of the world and the development of civilizations and individuals in a manner that I have to admit I didn't quite understand. I got the gist of what he was saying, but I kind of let the details fall away, because frankly this is kind of crazy shit that I didn't have the energy to wade through with an eye for detail. Yeats finds his kooky theories proved in lots of different places, through other writers both contemporaries of his and from antiquity, and when he doesn't have proof he seems to have no trouble giving his own spin on things. If anything this book proves that no matter how far out a theory you have you can and will find proof that you can't be wrong. That said parts of the book were quite interesting, and Yeats did have some interesting moments, I'm not sure if what he is writing can be called the truth, but it makes for a very interesting story of the world.

  • Mark
    2019-02-07 12:33

    This book will spin you into a vortex of wild imaginings and gyre you around a philosophical hurdy-gurdy like no other book you will ever have read, enjoy.

  • Alexander Scott
    2019-01-24 19:15

    life is round: we're stuck on this wheel. Living. And dying. An endless circle. Until. Someone breaks it. You came in here, you rupture the pattern. Bang: the whole world...gets seriously this is an interesting read. Beautiful, impossible, yet fantastic none the less

  • Trevor Jones
    2019-01-30 16:05

    I read this and have no idea why. I finished it and had absolutely no clue as to what he was talking about. I'm not sure what I was expecting it other than I was reading a semi-obscure work by a very famous poet who was partly famous for his interest in the occult. Even "occult" here is a stretch of a term for what Yeats might be talking, and the only thing left to say after finishing it was that it all has something to do with "gyres". If you like gyres, you will LOVE A Vision by W.B. Yeats.

  • Dan
    2019-02-01 16:09

    At one level, it seems to be an eclectic attempt to fuse Hegelian metaphysics, astrology, neoplatonism and of course Yeats's own poetry. A few books of comparable abstruseness get written every decade or so. But the book is strangely effective, in a way that most other books in the "esoterica" category aren't. Doubtless this is due in large part to the author's own profound poetic sense. The overall effect is a book that moves over the border between philosophy and poetry as few other books can.

  • courtney
    2019-01-25 18:34

    this is pretty heady stuff. interesting, i think, more because of its source -- WBY, a highly regarded literary figure and statesman. i mostly only read the introduction because i was less interested in the information communicated than by the process of the communion.

  • Meridith Allison
    2019-01-18 18:07

    Vortexes, gyres, and visions. It's esoteric, yes, but a must-read if you're a fan of his later work. Get high and check it out.

  • Adam
    2019-02-13 15:20

    "All the gains of man come from conflict with the opposite of his true being."Not entirely sure what I just read, but I will say I feel better about my own cognition relative to Yeats' desire to demarcate the human experience, pinning specimens to a 28 cell cork-board while pinning its genesis on his wife and various "Facilitators" (ghosts). The sui generis nature of this book makes it delightful--and I am a believer of Charles Fort's "intermediateness"--but what Yeats posits through the otherness of supernatural intelligence is only the reflection of his mask, one which thrives on hierarchy and an idea of individual destiny closer to Christian providence than I'm sure he would have ever admitted.

  • J. Alfred
    2019-01-31 13:18

    This book is interesting if you think that spirits communicate with the living by means of automatic writing in order to give complicated revelations of how history and personality work. Coincidentally, it's also interesting if you wonder what it feels like to be an insane person. At least there's some good advice for Ezra Pound in the beginning:"My Dear Ezra,Do not allow yourself to be elected to the senate of your country."

  • Michael Volpi
    2019-01-17 15:25

    Nerd out on (Neo-) Platonism, the occult, mysticism? Compelled by Yeats' unique sense of aesthetic, poetic and philosophical structure and systematic thinking? Patient? Curious? Believe that there are immaterial truths worth exploring? Yes?Read.

  • Trey Rogge
    2019-01-20 14:15

    There's debate whether this is a genuine work from Yeats, or if it's like Joyce's Finnegans Wake or Tarantula from Bob Dylan, i.e. a literary jest. This review is from the genuine perspective. There are a lot of esoteric references in this, and the material is very dense--as expected--but it's worth the effort needed in beginning to understand the ideas Yeats presents. Metempsychosis is one of the most fascinating philosophical notions: one that can be studied, and even considered, by people from all beliefs and non, without compromising one's convictions or apprehensions. This is also a great read for admirers of poetry, particularly admirers of the powerful William Blake as well as Yeats' later poems. Don't be afraid if you don't understand more than 40% of the material, for there are numerous scholarly articles out there that will help to fill in any gaps.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-01-27 11:26

    Liking the poems and Michael Miley's inspired renditions of them, being interested in the occult milieu shared by W.B. Yeats and C.G. Jung, I picked up A Vision with considerable interest. I was not impressed. This may be an essential study for scholars wanting a full understanding of the poetry and the poet, but it was beyond me. Indeed, I was disappointed by the poet's credulity and uncritical appropriation of such material. A review read years later suggested that Yeats and his young wife may have unconsciously conspired to fabricate these "visions" in order to maintain interest in one another and so save their marriage.

  • Liam Guilar
    2019-01-17 11:19

    5 stars for the edition. As for the contents, I can't avoid the thought that if Yeats had been French and written this forty years later no one would have thought he was nuts. And the advantage this has, over something like Ecrits, is that Yeats could manage the language he was using.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-02 11:04

    Liked this book less for the content itself and more for the insight it gives you into Yeats' poetry, especially his later, more Eastern-inspired stuff. Yeats was very much a genius, but also a bit of a whackjob.

  • Mike Lynch
    2019-02-16 11:33

    Strange and awkward: not an easy read but worthwhile if you're curious about 20th C modernism and the occult.

  • Laura Fiorelli
    2019-01-18 16:04

    Well it's certainly interesting I guess. Poetic, sure. But it is also sloppy, a bit nonsensical, and the definition of esoteric. I recommend reading this with Helen Vendler's book for clarity.

  • Con
    2019-02-12 17:08

    Weird, weird, weird, even by my standards

  • Jessica FM
    2019-01-24 12:33

    An endless circle... the great wheel.... self abuse, until the pattern is ruptured. The whole world gets wider.

  • R.
    2019-02-12 17:05


  • Mitta Xinindlu
    2019-02-09 16:29

    I think I'm in love with this guy

  • Rand
    2019-01-26 14:17

  • Anthony
    2019-01-19 18:16

    yeats constructs confusing astrological systems and a weird mystical philosophy out of his wife's "automatic writings" and unconscious speech. creepy stuff.

  • Daniel Pino
    2019-01-30 13:22

    another must read, a book, like its author, timelesscoming from the true master of poetry and literature in the English languageYeats is the biggest dog on the block