Yonsei University

Relieving Yeats’s Anxiety over Age: Sexual Inspiration as Creation

As early as twenty-one, Yeats viewed aging as a vice to his carefree, youthful imagination.Yet, as he matured, Yeats’s style and tone took an innovative turn. The youth who once emphasized gentle and pure feminine beauty became enthralled with women as sexual forces. That is, as Yeats approached life’s end, the revitalization of his sexual energy facilitated in awakening a different creative artistry, subduing the fears of castration and loss of integrity he held onto for most of his life.

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