A Vision

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A Vision: An Explanation of Life Founded upon the Writings of Giraldus and upon Certain Doctrines Attributed to Kusta Ben Luka, privately published in 1925, was a book-length study of various philosophical, historical, astrological, and poetic topics by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats wrote this work while experimenting with automatic writing with his wife George. It serves as a meditation on the relationships between imagination, history, and the occult. A Vision has been compared to Eureka: A Prose Poem, the final major work of Edgar Allan Poe.[1][2]

Yeats published a second edition with alterations in 1937.[3]


  1. ^ Meyers, Jeffrey. Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy. New York: Cooper Square Press, 1992. p. 214. ISBN 0-8154-1038-7
  2. ^ Hoffman, Daniel. Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe. New York: Avon Books, 1972. p. 292. ISBN 0-380-41459-7
  3. ^ Croft, Barbara L., "Stylistic Arrangements": A Study of William Butler Yeats's A Vision, Bucknell University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-8387-5087-7


  • Raine, Kathleen, From Blake to "A vision". Dublin : Dolmen Press, 1979. ISBN 0-85105-339-4
  • Raine, Kathleen, Yeats the initiate : essays on certain themes in the work of W.B. Yeats, Mountrath, Ireland : Dolmen Press ; London : G. Allen & Unwin, 1986. ISBN 0-85105-398-X. Cf. Chapter VI, From Blake to A Vision", pp. 106–176.

External links

  • Neil Mann, The System of W. B. Yeats’s A Vision
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