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ISSN : 1226-4946(Print)
ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.71 pp.49-62

Cultural Decline and Racial Degeneration in Yeats’s Purgatory

Sue Jean Joe
Dankook University


This paper aims to examine Yeats’s concerns about cultural and spiritual degeneration in Purgatory. As I discuss the subject, I would also look at some of his later poems and prose to read the work in the context of Yeats’s response to the historical changes that were taking place in the 1920s and 1930s, including the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. I would look especially into “Meditations in Time of Civil War” and On the Boiler to see how concerns expressed in the play reflect some of Yeats’s ongoing preoccupations during that period.





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