WB Yeats and Maud Gonne love story | Ireland Calling
5 W. B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (New York: Macmillan, ), p. 6 Yeats, Poems, p. . infatuation with the beautiful nationalist Maude Gonne he was then. 1 3 Elizabeth was not on the marriage market.) She was. Aug 9, Comments & replies; Public profile · Account details · Emails & marketing This early poem by WB Yeats comes from his second collection, The Rose (). girl in Yeats's autobiographical picture at this time: Maud Gonne, and begun the transformation of failed relationship into imaginative triumph. Nov 4, In , Maud Gonne had a son with Lucien Millevoye, who died of meningitis. Yeats Tomorrow: WB Yeats Poems Inspired By Maud Gonne.
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She continued to astonish him as, from her meandering pen and later dream-speech, various "spirits" appeared, bringing him metaphors he turned into his finest and strongest poetry. In time, she also provided him with two children and a house in Dublin's Merrion Square. As the years wore on, he spent more time abroad and his wife, a superb organiser, looked after his unmarried sisters' troubled Cuala Press. She tolerated his affairs and then, as widow, was a diligent keeper of the flame.
Starting in she briefed the young Richard Ellmann, enabling him to write the first great Yeats biography.
After more than a decade of preparation, the Canadian academic Anne Saddlemyer has at last delivered the life of this remarkable woman in encyclopaedic detail. Georgie, as her family called her, grew up to be the epitome of the intelligent, under-educated upper-middle-class English girl.
Her parents' marriage failed as her father was ostracised from the family as an alcoholic and wastrel.
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The shock of his sudden death in propelled Georgie down a road to which she was already well inclined, towards spiritualism and the occult. Her family had long believed that she had second sight. Nightmares and sleep-walking were other signs of a restless unconscious.Maud Gonne - Lessons of Our History - Literary Animation
Kensington parlour occultism brought her into contact with Yeats, then in London far more than in Ireland. He proposed in only three weeks before their wedding at Harrow Road Register Office. The automatic writing began to appear during a dismal honeymoon when, seeing Yeats's depression and preoccupation with Iseult, Georgie might have walked out.
The second line leads the eye farther upwards and onwards.
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But, however archetypal the images of the moon and starry sky, we're still within the bounds of natural observation. While "brawling" appeals to the ear as well as the eye, the impact of the new line, thanks to the beautifully contrasted epithets "brilliant" and "milky," is luminously visual.
Yeats now signals that mere description was not his goal, and in the fourth line he passes judgment on his own, increasingly splendid list. It seems that the sparrow, the moon, the milky sky and "all that famous harmony of leaves", placed in such knowing juxtaposition, have overwhelmed human experience. A god may be inferred — Apollo, perhaps, the supreme musician.
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Is the young poet who wants to create a unique new voice for Ireland hinting that he is oppressed by the power of classical stories and symbols? Possibly, but I think it more likely that this is intended as a critique of shallowly cosmetic s aestheticism. Yeats was already mining Irish myth and folklore.
Here, in the second stanza, Yeats squares up with grand self-confidence to both Irish and classical myth-making.
Of course, there is also an actual girl in Yeats's autobiographical picture at this time: Another actress Mabel Dickinson consoled the poet during the years Official Yeats biographer Roy Foster points out that Yeats not only remained friends with most of his past lovers, he also relied heavily on mutually supportive friendships with women.
His great friendship with Lady Augusta Gregory sustained him through years of turmoil and with her, he embarked on the great enterprise of a national theatre, an emblem of Irish culture, a forum where "a mob would become a people".
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He described her in a letter as "the only person I could tell every thought" and said she was "more than a mother, friend, sister or brother" to him. Another friend since childhood was the revolutionary Constance Gore Booth later to become Countess Markievicz and her sister Eva.
In the summer ofMaud Gonne now a widow after the executions rejected another marriage proposal from Yeats. He just as promptly proposed to her daughter, Iseult, and was similarly rejected. He was relieved when the "wild gusts of feeling" provoked by the Lolita-like Iseult subsided in favor of "a new life of work and common interest" with his wife-to-be George Hyde-Lees in whom he saw the same virtues he associated with Lady Gregory. He introduced Georgie to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a Kensington-based occult group of which he was a member.
Within weeks of his final proposal to Gonne, Yeats, then 53, proposed to year-old George and they were married in a registry office in October