A Commentary on the Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats by A. Norman Jeffares

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Caoinim, I wail. 2. 7 Coloonry : Yeats commented : 'a few miles south of the town of Sligo' 30 Knocknarea: 'round cairn-headed Knocknarea', the 'hill of the executions', a mountain overlooking Sligo, where Queen Maeve is supposed to be buried. She was a Queen of Connaught who invaded Ulster in the Cattle Raid of Cooley, the central story of the Red Branch cycle told in the T ain Bo Clldlgne. 31 Knocknashee : this may be Knocknashee Common in the parish of Achonry in the Barony of Leyny, Co. Sligo.

See note (p. 5) on line 36 of that poem. 26 sad dweller: the shell THE CLOAK, THE BOAT, AND THE SHOES The original title was 'Voices' in DUR (March 1885). The poem was untitled in the play The Island of Statues, where it opens Act II, scene iii, and untitled also in WO. Yeats described The Island of Statues as 'an Arcadian play in imitation of Edmund Spenser' ; he read it aloud 'to a gathering of critics who were to decide whether it was worthy of publication in the College magazine' (A 92). The text is included in VE, which gives details of its printings on p.

B. Saul (PYP 46) speculates that these are the Milesians, but they are more likely Formorians. ' 19 45 The grey wolf: the last wolf in Ireland was reputed to have been killed in the eighteenth century. 49 a little town: reminiscent of Allingham's 'The Winding Banks of Erne' 55 tympan : kettle-drum, in original version of poem a harp 62 Orchil: a Formorian sorceress (P (1895)). Yeats wrote, 'I forget whatever I may have once known about her' (P I895 ; rev. 1899)). 20 THE STOLEN CHILD This poem first appeared in IM (Dec.

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