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W. B. Yeats's A VisionExplications and Contexts$
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Neil Mann, Matthew Gibson, and Claire Nally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533924

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.001.0001

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The Thirteenth Cone

The Thirteenth Cone

(p.159) The Thirteenth Cone
W. B. Yeats's A Vision

Neil Mann

Liverpool University Press

This essay examines the concepts of God and the divine that feature in A Vision and the wider system, as seen in the preparatory material and drafts. It considers in particular the concept of the Thirteenth Cone (earlier also Thirteenth Cycle), together with the phaseless Sphere, drawing together the scattered material that W. B. Yeats offers in A Vision B, and then teasing out some of the implications, particularly with relation to time and eternity. It then looks at the development of the Thirteenth Cone, including its place as the goal of the reincarnating soul. It also examines Yeats’s use of the concept in his 1930 diary and, further, how the different concepts express different, hierarchical aspects of the divine. It concludes with a consideration of how this understanding of divinity informs Yeats’s creative work.

Keywords:   A Vision, divinity, reincarnating soul, phaseless sphere, Thirteenth Cone, W B Yeats

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