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.

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