From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Robin Hamilton
Sent: 12 March 2011 12:40
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Subject: Yeats Quotation Query ....
Anyone help with this (which came up on another list)?
I am haunted - well, fairly spooked - by a sentence from some old essay(?)
by William Butler Yeats. It is something like:
"The doctors have told us that our dreams are but phantoms of the night
caused by sexual desire; but of what is sexual intercourse the phantom?"
If any Irish poets -or anyone - on the list can give me the correct
attribution for this, which may be garbled, of course, by the imperfections
of my ailing brain, I would be most grateful. The quote might be an
epigraph for current work-in-progress/regress.