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Associationism and the Literary ImaginationFrom the Phantasmal Chaos$
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Cairns Craig

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748609123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609123.001.0001

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Signs of Mind and the Return of the Native: Wordsworth to Yeats

Signs of Mind and the Return of the Native: Wordsworth to Yeats

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Associationism and the Literary Imagination

Cairns Craig

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is concerned with poetry, and looks at how symbolism is involved with association. It studies William Wordsworth's theory of poetry and unusual associative connections, and examines the importance of the nature of a poet's memory. The chapter then looks at associationism's claim that the world was necessarily invested with personal meanings, and considers the role of memories in association. The final sections of the chapter discuss W.B. Yeats' conception of the symbol and his belief that art recalled a transhistorical memory, and not the memory of individual human beings.

Keywords:   poetry, symbolism, William Wordsworth, theory of poetry, associative connections, memory, personal meanings, W.B. Yeats, transhistorical memory

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