Yeats's Use of Axël
In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:
Yeats's well-known enthusiasm for Villiers de l'Isle-Adam's Axël (1872-94) was in the long run only that.1 The Symbolist play was not so much an influence as an example, one which reenforced some of his techniques and served as a point of departure for some of his speculations. He found it truly congenial only when he was an impressionable young man living amidst Pre-Raphaelites and Art nouveau innovators and hearing from his contemporaries reports of the work of the French Decadents.
Rose, Marilyn Gaddis
"Yeats's Use of Axël,"
Comparative Drama: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol4/iss4/3