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By David A. Ross

The Irish poet William Butler Yeats is frequently thought of the most suitable English-language poet of the 20 th century, yet he used to be additionally an incredible playwright, folklorist, critic, and flesh presser. This quantity covers all of Yeats' vital poems, his performs and different non-fiction writing.

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Though devastated and emotionally depleted by these revelations, Yeats was not angry; on the contrary, he vowed to dedicate himself to Gonne’s happiness and to content himself “with just that manner of love which she will give me abundantly” (CL2 320). Yeats’s literary endeavors had been inseparable from his cultural nationalism since he had fallen under the spell of O’Leary. His aspiration was to reestablish Ireland’s hereditary mythology and to redeem the nation from the slough of modernity. In Autobiographies, Yeats recollects the question he put to himself as a young man: “Might I not, with health and good luck to aid me, create some new Prometheus Unbound; Patrick or Columcille, Oisin or Finn, in Prometheus’ stead; and, instead of Caucasus, Cro-Patrick or Ben Bulben?

181). To this end—coupled with the obvious financial motive—he departed on a 17-week tour of America in November 1903. 40 (CL3 467). He also solidified his friendship with John Quinn, a hard-charging New York lawyer and art collector temperamentally inclined to the doctrines of Nietzsche, in which he initiated Yeats (239, 313, 335). Yeats returned to Ireland somewhat changed—for the worse, as most of his family and acquaintances thought. The dreamy poet of the nineties was now a distant memory.

They collaborated in politics throughout the 1890s, spearheading a scheme to found rural libraries, helping organize a protest of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and helping organize the centennial commemoration of the 1798 rebellion. So too they collaborated in mystical activities. At Yeats’s urging, Gonne joined the Golden Dawn on November 2, 1891 (CL1 266). She resigned in December 1894, put off by Masonic elements that she considered British, but Yeats and Gonne remained mystical intimates for years to come.

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