One thing I found interesting when exploring the Yeats exhibition was his collection of prose works. Since I hadn’t read anything from Yeats before this class, it has been very interesting (an a little confusing) to read his poems, so when I first saw that display in the exhibit, I was curious to see how or if the themes from Yeats’ poetry made their way into his prose. One thing that stood out to me about the display was that each of the pieces had themes of spirituality and folklore, which seems to be in line with his poetry. It also makes me reflect back on what exactly Yeats’ stance on religion and the occult was.
I was particularly intrigued by his story “The Secret Rose,” because the manuscript on display had a bunch of edits on it, as it is the printer’s proof. Unfortunately, the handwriting was too messy for me to read, but it made me wonder what the final product looked like compared to the original manuscript and why those edits were pointed out. This piece also has a lot of occult influence, which drew me in. The description of this particular piece also talked about its basis in Irish folk tradition and literature, so it makes me curious about the relationship between the occult and Irish folklore. I think it would be really interesting to research more into Yeats’ prose to see what kind of influence it had, or how it was influenced by its time.