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By Marie Mulvey-Roberts

A strangely huge variety of English poets have both belonged to a mystery society, or been strongly stimulated by way of its tenets. the most effective identified examples is Christopher Smart’s club of the Freemasons, and the ensuing impression of Masonic doctrines on A track to David. notwithstanding, many different poets have belonged to, or been inspired by means of not just the Freemasons, however the Rosicrucians, Gormogons and Hell-Fire golf equipment. First released in 1986, this examine concentrates on 5 significant examples: clever, Burns, William Blake, William Butler Yeats and Rudyard Kipling, in addition to a couple of different poets. Marie Roberts questions why such a lot of poets were powerfully drawn to the key societies, and considers the effectiveness of poetry as a medium for conveying mystery trademarks and formality. She exhibits how a few poets believed that poetry may end up a hidden symbolic language during which to bare nice truths.

The ideals of those poets are as different as their perform, and this publication sheds interesting mild on a number of significant writers.

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