THEATRE AND POLITICS: MAUD GONNE
President of the Wolfe Tone Memorial Association--'98 Politics: Tour with Maud Gonne--Mystical Essays; W. T. Horton--Commemoration Activities; A Proposal in Westminster Abbey--The Beginnings of a Theatre; Attacks on Yeats--The Boer War--New Lyrics; The Shadowy Waters--More Alarms and Excursions--Progress and Setbacks of Irish Literary Theatre; the Fays; James Joyce
Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this. . . .
YEATS' early visits to Coole were interrupted by his work on the ' 98 Commemoration Committee, which often took him to Dublin. He had become President of the Wolfe Tone Memorial Association; the story of how he reached this high office is a curious one, and has never been told in detail. Shortly before he moved into the rooms in Woburn Buildings, he met T. W.