CHAPTER XV
OXFORD

Oxford--Visit to Glenmalure; "All Souls' Night", 1921 --Speech at Oxford Union--Monday Evenings at Broad Street--Mysterious Happenings at Shillingford and Thame; Birth of Son--Plans to Return to Ireland; Death of J. B. Yeats

Midnight has come, and the great Christ Church Bell
And many a lesser bell sound through the room;
And it is All Souls' Night,
And two long glasses brimmed with muscatel
Bubble upon the table. A ghost may come;
For it is a ghost's right,
His element is so fine
Being sharpened by his death,
To drink from the wine-breath
While our gross palates drink from the whole wine.


I

YEATS decided to speed up the work on Ballylee, and spend what money he had earned in America on it without delay. He would make it an efficient house where he could have a guest. Two new luxuries only would he allow himself at Oxford, where his house was chiefly furnished with things from Woburn Buildings: pewter dinner plates and dishes and a green parrot.

A transport strike was on, travelling difficult, and the nurse on holiday in Ireland. Until the nurse's return Anne was sent to an

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  • Title Page iii
  • Prefatory Note v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Chapter I - Family and Early Associations 1
  • Chapter II - Schooldays 24
  • Chapter III - London (1887-91) 59
  • Chapter IV - Death of Parnel After An After 85
  • Chapter V - Mysticism in Prose and Verse 109
  • Chapter VII - Theatre and Politics: Maud Gonne 152
  • Chapter VIII - Out of Twilight 186
  • Chapter IX - The Abbey Theatre 215
  • Chapter X - Plays and Controversies 229
  • Chapter XI - Variety (1910-12) 259
  • Chapter XII - Responsibilities 280
  • Chapter XIII - Nineteen-Sixteen 295
  • Chapter XIV - Marriage 327
  • Chapter XV - Oxford 346
  • Chapter XVI - Meditations in Time of Civil War 366
  • Chapter XVII - A Sixty-Year-Old Smiling Public Man 391
  • Chapter XVIII - Wheels and Butterflies 427
  • Chapter XIX - Riversdale 462
  • Chapter XX - Old Age 475
  • Notes 515
  • Bibliography 519
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