ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14354/yjk.2009.32.241
The Tower Motif in Yeats's Poetry
I read both the tower poems and their social and historical backgrounds tounderstand his works more deeply. I also study the way his tower poems reflectNeoplatonic symbolism and intellectual symbolism. The tower symbolizes the poet'sspiritual and historical changes in his life; at one time, the tower was a romanticand stable place for the newlywed Yeatses; at others, it served as a retreat at hiscritical moments and as a place for philosophical contemplation on life and death;eventually it became the poet himself and the eternal symbol of his art as well.