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Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne was a popular name in The Irish freedom movement. She was a staunch Irish revolutionist who was patriotic to the core. She was a woman of rare beauty and a fiery energy, and proved herself immensely instrumental to the great rising of the Irish people against the British occupation in Ireland. Yeats was intensely in love with her, but rejected by her, and that was a matter of grave anguish for him. Yeats had a specific poem (No Second Troy) on Maud Gonne. Of course, she is not named specifically, but she is the only talked personality in the poem. The Woman (‘her’), referred to in the very first line of the poem, is Maud Gonne. She is the only character, mentioned and treated in the poem. The poet also refers to Maud Gonne’s specific qualities that made her always restless, full of zeal and fury. Her mind, inspired with a pure selfless dedication to the cause of her homeland, made her restless and violently operative. Her beauty was strangely allied to sternness and her nature indicated her idealistic  loftiness, commanding individuality and strong personality. She had an extraordinary character that was not natural to her tim, full of tension  and confusion. Rich with a high spirit and heroism, she was a source of inspiration for the Irish revolutionists.


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