Byline: BY TOM PRENDEVILLE and PAT FLANAGAN
IRISH poet WB Yeats was under the influence of spirits when he wrote some of his major works, it was claimed yesterday.
But the spirits who guided his hand when he composed the likes of The Second Coming came from seances and not bottles of strong booze.
A new exhibition at the National Library show the writings of William Butler Yeats, who is buried in Sligo, were heavily influenced by the dead he contacted at seances.
Sometimes the ghosts took over the writer's body and used a method known as automatic writing.
The exhibition, which ends this week, shows examples of the writer's occult equipment and research which were co-written by a demonic spirit who heavily influenced his work.
In 1885, Yeats became interested in the spirit world and soon became totally absorbed in seances and later became a regular visitor of Madame Blavatsky, a leading London-based medium.
In 1890 he was admitted to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret society founded in London which had among its members many influential Edwardian society figures.
One of the most controversial members of the order was the notorious Satanist Aleister Crowley - who once tried to have sex with a goat during a ritual.
Shortly after joining the order, Yeats took the Latin name Daemon est Deus Inversus, which literally translates into Devil is God Inverted.
He studied the occult in detail and admitted it had a major influence on his writings. …