ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14354/yjk.2005.24.187
Yeats Comforted ?Yeats and the Middle Class: the Process of Accepting “the Despotism of Fact”?
After burning his “rage and lust” against the mass culture of post-colonialCatholic Ireland, Yeats began to admit Catholic Ireland as it was with theperspective of the poetic transcendence, “tragic joy.” His recognition of the Catholicmiddle class at the end of his life is considered for attaining the sense of unitywith Irish people, which was essential to his vision of nation. This paper traces hischanging attitudes toward the middle class, especially focusing on such poems as“The Municipal Gallery Revisited,” “The Statues,” “Circus Animal's Desertion,” and“Cuchulain Comforted.”