Beginning of "The System"--Honeymoon in Ireland; Ballylee--A Fracas with Maud Gonne; Chesterton not a "Garreteer"-- The Wild Swans at Coole; "A Prayer for My Daughter"--Tour in America
I, the poet William Yeats,
With old mill boards and sea-green slates, And smithy work from the Gort forge,
Restored this tower for my wife George;
And may these characters remain
When all is ruin once again.
YEATS and Miss Hyde-Lees were married at the Harrow Road register office in London on October 21st, 1917. Ezra Pound was best man. Yeats wrote to his father a week or two later from Stone Cottage where a part of the honeymoon was spent:
I am dictating this to my wife. I call her George to avoid Georgie which she has been called hitherto in spite of her protests. I enclose her photograph. She permits me to say that it flatters her good looks at the expense of her character. She is not so black and white, but has red-brown hair and a high colour which she sets off by wearing dark green in her clothes and earrings, etc. You are right in saying that towns are bad for me and my wife is ready to seem to dislike them too. I hope to see very little of them henceforth. . . .