Yeats Family in London--The Hammersmith School; Holidays in Sligo--Return to Ireland; the Dublin School; J. B. Y. as a Critic of Poetry--W. B. and George Pollexfen; Tour of Lough Gill--Art Studies--First Publications; the Contemporary Club--Theosophy--John O'Leary and his Disciples--Hopes of a National Literature
What matter if I live it all once more?
Endure that toil of growing up;
The ignominy of boyhood; the distress
Of boyhood changing into man;
The unfinished man and his pain
Brought face to face with his own clumsiness.
When I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me a preparation for something that never happens.
When Willie was nine his father and mother moved from Fitzroy Road to a house in West Kensington, 14 Edith Villas, near Burne-Jones at North End. Fetched from Sligo, Willie was brought, not to Edith Villas, but to Burnham Beeches, where his father had gone to paint in company with some friends--one