I wonder if you will be blessed to be able to say, “I went out to the Hazel Wood because a fire was in my head?” This is where you are inspired to leave the ordinary world for the world of the extraordinary. It is where you cross a threshold and discover something that you will long to rediscover and be in union with.
The Song of Wandering Aengus poem by W. B. Yeats is a poem of inspiration and transformation. It is a poem that invites an awareness of that experience referred to as the Breakthrough Experience (The Hero’s Journey). Let this be your experience. Let this be you longing.
In a series of blog posts related to this poem by W. B. Yeats, I will share a line-by-line analysis of this Wandering Aengus poem.
The word appreciation, however, shows the true nature of these sharings rather than the word ‘analysis.’. These series of reflections form the basis of the book entitled A Journey with Mr Yeats – 10 Poems for Companioning YOUR Greatness.
To give you an overview of this blog post, listed here, are the short sections of this article:-
- The Power of Reflection
- Personal Call to Adventure
- The Power of Metaphor
- The Power of Practice
- The Power of Intention
- The Song of Wandering Aengus Recording
In A Journey with Mr. Yeats – 10 Poems for Companioning YOUR Greatness I take various lines and begin with a reflection on what they mean to me.
This is not an academic understanding. Neither am I interested in the poem’s structure.
I am interested in reading it and reflecting on it from “the deep heart’s core” (The Lake Isle of Innisfree).
The line from the Wandering Aengus poem that I reflect on here is:-
I went out to the hazel wood because a fire was in my head.
The Hero/ine is that individual who answers The Call to Adventure. They leave the Ordinary World. This is leaving the world of the known for the world of the unknown. This is the world of the comfort zone for the adventure into the mystery. It is choosing the Red Pill (The Matrix 1999) to see just how far into the wonderland that is the True Self you can go.