Enrico Reggiani (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)
The Rose in Yeats is a “supreme symbol” (William Blake and His Illustrations to the Divine Comedy, 1896), but is frequently considered only as a visual and “visible symbol” (The Speckled Bird, Final Version, 1902). My paper will map its often neglected aural implications and, especially, those connected to silence in his early work (until the turn of the century). It will also investigate whether and how such implications articulate and elaborate on the esoteric symbol of the Rose of Silence.
Thursday, June 26, paper presented at