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|Title:||Imaginative Knowledge in Shakespeare and Yeats|
|Keywords:||English;English Language and Literature;English Language and Literature|
|Abstract:||<p>In the works of William Shakespeare and W. B. Yeats, the concept on intuitive knowledge gained through imagination is sharply contrasted with that of knowledge gleaned from experience coupled with inductive/deductive reason. In both writers, the inspired figure - frequently the <em>mad </em>figure, is shown as having an understanding of the world which cannot be substantiated by argumentation.</p> <p>This thesis attempts to explore the intimations of imaginative knowledge as projected in the concepts of<em> imagination</em>, <em>prophecy</em>,<em> delusion, spirit, love, rage </em>and<em> passion</em>, and the similarities and differences of these elements in the characters of Shakespeare and Yeats, taking into account the thought prevailing in the age in which each poet produced his works.</p> <p>The thesis will generally involve a discussion of these terms based on the intimated flashes of insight and imaginative knowledge. As well, some reference will be made to the possible influence of the <em>Bible</em>, (quoted here in the Authorised Version). The thesis will include an Appendix which will attempt to related Yeat's theory on metaphors for poetry as outlined in his book, <em>A Vision</em>.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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