CHAPTER XVII
A SIXTY-YEAR-OLD SMILING PUBLIC MAN

In Sicily and in Rome--Speech on Divorce-New Poems
--Philosophical Studies; Correspondence with Sturge
Moore--Work in the Senate; Assassination of Kevin
O'Higgins--The New Coinage--Oedipus Rex; Sean
O'Casey and The Silver Tassie--Seville and Cannes--
At Rapallo with Ezra Pound; Retirement from the Senate

The people of Burke and of Grattan
That gave, though free to refuse--
Pride, like that of the morn,
When the headlong light is loose,
Or that of the fabulous horn,
Or that of the sudden shower
When all streams are dry,
Or that of the hour
When the swan must fix his eye
Upon a fading gleam,
Float out upon a long
Last reach of glittering stream
And there sing his last song.


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AS YEATS approached his sixtieth year, the measure of his comfort became apparent in the cheerful broadening of his outlines. This but added importance to his signally remarkable appearance. Visiting him one evening in his aristocratic eighteenth-

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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
  • Index 521
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