I took this photo of a stone etching, commemorating Yeats at Coole Park, Ireland.
The following is an excerpt from my book:
The last stanza provides a reality of the truth, which emanates from a non-Christian source, a medium, then, “Out of nothing it came,” from the Book of Genesis, the beginning of time, and the source of God. He follows this with the pagan version of truth, “Out of the forest loam,” the most fertile, lowest part of the forest floor, where nutrients for the forest thrive. Finally, truth comes “Out of dark night where lay/The crowns of Nineveh.” Here, darkness reveals only ignorance, silence, no words of wisdom, and the source of superficiality.
Yeats juxtaposes the iconic with realistic in this poem to question the dichotomy of human faith, and moves the reader along his wave of resonating artistic flow, for the following poem in this series is “Leda and the Swan,” his iconic poem that alludes to the rape of Leda in order to illustrate polar opposites in human consciousness.