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E. , from 1 to 1050, and—the region of Yeats’s clearest envisioning—from 1050 to the current. 36 The presentation of the 1st sections is inevitably rapid-fire. In each one old period, as in each one person existence, one of many tinctures predominates. In A Vision A, Yeats has a tendency to affiliate the first with masculinity and the Antithetical with femininity; now and then, those are loosely linked to geographical East and West, respectively. At the most important levels, the Antithetical West comes including the first East, introducing a newness that produces utter switch. a few of Yeats’s speculations concerning this commingling are far-reaching and phantasmagoric: in regards to the moment century b. c. e. , whilst Rome started to displace Greece, he observes, “One understands now not into how nice extravagance Asia, acquainted with abase itself, could have carried what quickly despatched Grecians and Romans to face bare in a Mithraic pit, relocating their our bodies as less than a shower-bath that these our bodies may perhaps obtain the blood of the 88 TWINNED TOW E R S bull even to the final drop. ”37 Others draw from literature in translation conclusions approximately civilizational intermingling: Yeats identifies within the Arabian Nights the Caliph’s popularity of a beauty-in-itself that Yeats calls “sanctity”; he then deduces that this sanctity, “come again from the 1st campaign or up from Arabian Spain or part Asiatic Provence and Sicily,” round the 11th century c. e. , “created romance”38—by which he skill Provençal poetry. in keeping with Yeats’s scheme, every one gyre “corresponds” to a interval millennia past, such that “the interval from 1005 [sic] to 1180,” with its “Arthurian stories and Romanesque architecture,” repeats the ancient and inventive stipulations of “the Homeric interval a few thousand years before,” and through this common sense Yeats’s then-historical-present was once at the verge of reiterating the twin annunciations of Helen and Christ. accordingly, the interval from the 15th century onward, the place “Body of destiny” and “Will” predominate and the Church loses energy, are of specific curiosity to Yeats’s ancient imaginative and prescient; as he methods his then-historical-present, every one section is defined in better element. some of the most salient of those levels is the gyre such as stages 19, 20, and 21 of the ancient Cones and lasting from 1680 to 1875. this can be successfully the gyre of philosophical modernity, early capitalism, urbanization, and imperialism—though Yeats doesn't use any of those phrases. the following, in Yeats’s vocabulary, “personality” (a time period he makes use of admiringly) has come below the sway of “Will” and “is far and wide spreading out its palms in useless, or greedy with an continually extra convulsive clutch a global the place the predominance of actual technology, of finance and economics in all their kinds, of democratic politics, of large populations, of structure the place kinds jostle each other, of newspapers the place all is heterogeneous, exhibit that mechanical strength will in a second develop into superb. ”39 This furiously indexed etiology, within which jostling architectural types and “democratic politics” are signs of an identical grand malaise of “grasping” less than the signal of objectivity—which thinkers of a special political persuasion (or bent) clinically determined as “reification”— encompasses literary creation besides, and Yeats indulges in a bit literary feedback, dishing out in a searing sentence with Austenian sentimentality: the YEATS, TATLIN, AND THE functionality OF INTERNATIONALISM 89 greedy gyre “makes the heroines of Jane Austen search, no longer as their grandfathers and grandmothers might have performed, theological or political fact, yet easily sturdy breeding.