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Yeats, W B - The Wanderings of Oisin - Men’s hearts of old were drops of flame That from the saffron morning came

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007951

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Using Plato's concept of the cave as the skull

A description of the experience

W B Yeats – Collected Poems
From The Wanderings of Oisin

Men’s hearts of old were drops of flame
That from the saffron morning came
Or drops of silver joy that fell
Out of the moon’s pale twisted shell;
But now hearts cry that hearts are slaves
And toss and turn in narrow caves
But here there is nor law nor rule
Nor have hands held a weary tool
And here there is nor change nor death
But only kind and merry breath

The source of the experience

Yeats, W B

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