“The mystical life is the centre of all that I do and
all that I think and all that I write. . . .
I have always considered myself a voice of
what I believe to be a greater renaissance –
the revolt of the soul against the intellect.”
I was looking for the Yeats quote that I used to have in my Facebook, which is this one: “Literature must take the responsibility of its power . . . and keep all its freedom.”
But in looking online for it, I stumbled over the one above which I like even better.
The quote I picked is part of a longer bit of conversation, in which he explains that “Now as to magic. It is surely absurd to hold me “weak” or otherwise because I choose to persist in a study which I decided deliberately four or five years ago to make, next to my poetry, the most important pursuit of my life…If I had not made magic my constant study I could not have written a single word of my Blake book, nor would The Countess Kathleen have ever come to exist. The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write.”
Now I can’t agree with that in its entirety, as I have written and created before and after magic entered my life, but what I can agree with is that my “mystical life” – my soul fire – is at the heart “of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write.” And that is visible in some of the poetry I have posted here.
My Three Nominations are:
* My quote on Day #1