Professor Faisal A. Hayder Al-Doori, PhD
The Cosmic Dance: A Study of Dancing in W. B. Yeats Poetry
In the ancient cultures, dancing was part of rituality that constitutes the background of their religious practices. In general, art shaped or coloured religious manifestations and formulated human activities to reach the Divine. Meditation was one of the practices that leads to the union with the Divine, and art offers many ways to achieve this union. The axiomatic fact that the soul is struggling to fulfil this union is a theoretical approach unless it is interpreted by the term of body connection with that soul. The movement of the body and its interactive connection with soul can reach that level of communication with the Divine. Spiritual dancing is a good dealing with the involvement of body and soul in this practice to attain that union with the Divine. W. B. Yeats was highly engaged with the idea of union with God through art including dancing. This paper tends to explore the concept of dancing in Yeats’s poems “Michael Robartes and the Dancer”, “Solomon and the Witch”, “Chosen”, “The Second Coming”, “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen”, “The Gyres”, “Byzantium”, “Among School Children” and “The Double Vision of Michael Robartes.” Other Yeats’s poems may be consulted in the context of this paper.
Keywords: rituality, spiritual dancing, W. B. Yeats, union with the Divine.