Quotation by William Butler Yeats

A symbol is indeed the only possible expression of some invisible essence, a transparent lamp about a spiritual flame; while allegory is one of many possible representations of an embodied thing, or familiar principle, and belongs to fancy and not to imagination: the one is a revelation, the other an amusement.
William Butler Yeats (1865–1939), Irish poet, playwright. (Originally published 1897). "William Blake and His Illustrations to The Divine Comedy," Essays and Introductions, Macmillan (1961).
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