The Love Story of Yeats and Maud Gonne
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The Love Story of Yeats and Maud Gonne

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A dramatic and compelling story of the great love of W. B. Yeats for Maud Gonne, the woman he immortalised in his poetry.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Mercier Press
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W.B. Yeats fell madly in love with tall, beautiful, English born Maud Gonne , actress, feminist and Irish revolutionary. She became a life long friend who admired Yeats but refused marriage. Her passion was reserved for her lover Lucien Millevoye and Ireland.

She was a fascinating person who along with her peers and son played a part in creating the Ireland of today.

The 'Love Story' was more of an 'Unrequited Love Story' the only offspring, Yeats's most beautiful poetry.
“I loved long and long, And grew to be out of fashion Like an old song.”

“All through the years of our youth
Neither could have known
Their own thought from the other’s
We were so much at one.
But o, in a minute she changed-“

“I had a beautiful friend
And dreamed that the old despair
Would end in love in the end:
She looked in my heart one day
And saw your image was there;
She has gone weeping away.”

Angela Joyce
I learned a few new things with this one. I just can't agree, though, that what these two had was truly a "love story".
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