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Anima Mundi and Young Yeats’s Friends

Kim Jooseong

Abstract

Soul of the World (or Anima Mundi) is the key to our grasp of Yeats as awriter in the Hermetic tradition and that it underlies his whole sense of artistictradition, I affirm that the right to primacy in any consideration of Yeats's majorconcept belongs to Anima Mundi. Through his vital, lifelong rapport with thisGreat Mind and Memory, Yeats communed with universal tradition. His desire tomake the rapport a group effort, dependent upon collaborators, reinforced the notionsof community and unity in multiplicity. Yeats believed that reality is discovered inthe soul. For him, the Great Soul was a wellspring of imaginative art, a means bywhich Nature herself became intelligible.
In this study, Yeats's theory of the World Soul, addressing occult, metaphysical,and literary antecedents of his belief, especially the way of his building of conceptof "Anima Mundi" in his early life and experiences are surveyed. Yeats has a verykeen interest in mysterious strange things in his early life, and he meets manyinfluential friends who could help him build his theory of the World Soul in Dublinand London.

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