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 these works while experimenting with automatic writing with his wife George, and they were an exploration of his interest in occult astrology. The works 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]

Yeats published a second edition with alterations in 1937.[2]


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


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