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'Mysterious Wisdom': The Spiritual Quest of W.B. Yeats
Saturday 24 October 2020, 10:30 - 16:00
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'Mysterious Wisdom': The Spiritual Quest of W.B. Yeats

Grevel Lindop 

Saturday 24 October 

10.30 am - 4.00 pm 

Cost £30 Concessions £20

Please bring a packed lunch. Coffee and tea provided


W.B. Yeats was Ireland's greatest poet, and perhaps the greatest twentieth-century poet of the English language. His poetry arose from an intense spiritual life, which took in Irish folklore, Indian philosophy, Theosophy, ritual magic, astrology, the Tarot, spiritualism, psychic research and Zen Buddhism, as well as philosophical reading. Yeats wrote, ‘The mystical life is the centre of all that I do & all that I think & all that I write’. And he interpreted ‘the mystical life’ in the widest possible terms. 

We shall follow his quest through a number of profound and beautiful poems written at different stages of his life.


Grevel is a poet, critic, biographer and travel writer. He taught courses on Blake for many years at Manchester University, and has also taught Buddhist meditation for more than thirty years. He chairs the Board of the Temenos Academy ( and writes essays and reviews for a range of magazines including The London Magazine, Stand, PN Review, Poetry London and Temenos Academy Review.

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