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Don't tell anyone, RiverC, but I too like Yeats (probably a tad too much). For reasons similar to yours. And you're right about the non-coevality of feelings and emotions.

Fr.,

My introduction to poetry came through W.B. Yeats, if only because he is - I think - a symbolist, and as such his symbols shine clear, mysterious and true.

I think it was 'The Song of Wandering Aengus' which made me ask, 'What is this thing, Poetry, and what is this part of my soul which is stirred by it?'

The word 'feeling' I came to realize was not coeval with 'emotion'.

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