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Yeats's Politics since 1943: Approaches and Reproaches

W. J. McCormack
The Yearbook of English Studies
Vol. 35, Irish Writing since 1950 (2005), pp. 131-145
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3509329
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Abstract

This article revisits the issue of Yeats's politics in the 1930s, especially his attitude to fascism. It takes a sceptical look at the critical consensus on this issue, alleging that Yeats has been exonerated from the fascist charge on too flimsy evidence. For instance, it questions the reliabilty of the putative letter from Yeats mentioned in Pablo Neruda's memoirs in which Yeats lends his support to the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. McCormack argues that the evidence in Yeats's own published work, and in some of his other activities, presents a more troubling image of Yeats's right-wing allegiances than his critics have allowed.

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