Yeats at songs and choruses by David R. Clark

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38 9 Draft 6. 39 10 Draft 7. 40 11 Draft 8. 41 12 First book publication in Words for Music Perhaps, (Dublin: Cuala Press, 1932). 42 Chapter Three: After "Silence" the "Supreme Theme" 13 Draft 1 of "After Long Silence". 69 14 Drafts 2 and 3. 81 15 Draft 4 (at bottom). 83 16 Draft 6, and a comment added in March 1930. 87 Chapter Four: Yeats's Dragons 17 Tintoretto, "St. George and the Dragon". Reproduced by courtesy of the Trustees, The National Gallery, London. To T. R. Henn "This seemed at first the most probable [source] by Page x reason of the fading light and the Lady fleeing from the encounter".

Yeats was able to make serious use of the details of Aristophanes' speech.  . "12 Stephen Winnett in his edition of the manuscripts of The Only Jealousy of Emer, which Yeats was writing in 1917, points out a hitherto unnoticed adaptation of this parable: Woman of the Sidhe Have you not heard that man before his birth Is two in one: the yoke & white of the egg And that one half is born in wretchedness While the other half remains amid the Sidhe Cuchulain I have heard the learned say so Woman of the Sidhe And have they told you That the half born into the flesh must seek For the half it could but find among the Sidhe In women that are its image in a glass And loves the more the closer they resemble Its separated half.

One of her great performances is a description of how the meanness of a Gort shopkeeper's wife over the price of a glass of porter made her so despair of the human race that she got drunk. The incidents of that drunkenness are of an epic magnificence. "10 It was probably just as well for Yeats that Crazy Jane, or Cracked Mary as she was actually called, never saw the words Yeats puts into her mouth. As Yeats presents her, she curses the Bishop, tells how Jack the Journeyman had her virginity, how she leaves the door unlatched to him, how her body is "like a road/That men pass over", how she embraces foul as well as fair because "Love has pitched his mansion in/The place of excrement", how she exalts her youth when she had the limbs to try the dance of love however violent.

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