ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14354/yjk.2004.21.137
Yeats’s “Lapis Lazuli” and His Artistic Vision
The old glittering eyes of those Chinamen in the last stanza are more authenticthan the hysterical women who complain with wrong, shrill and cracking voices inthe first stanza. The roles of the poet also become mythic as the Chinese do whoare distant, old, wise and gay in the hard stone. The poet penetrates into thedomain of art work silently and looks back on a poor play of life from the gaietyof his own art. The description of the last stanza in a form of sonnet is much likethe controlled carving of a sculptor. And it eternalizes artistic performances bytransforming a visual art into a linguistic imagination, and thus by re-creating thescene depicted in the stone in a pleasant manner. As the artist imagines scent andmusic and movements in the given poetic object, the sculpture attains valuesstimulating observers’ perception permanently. The Chinese art work with twoascetics and one pupil carrying a musical instrument will continue to mutate in the mind of readers as it receives multiple senses through the poem.