For all of the inspirations that fueled William Butler Yeats' poetry and playwriting -- from the retelling of Irish folk tales to the passionate support of Irish independence from British rule in 1916 -- no muse held his attention like Maud Gonne. The English-born but Irish-aligned Gonne was a freedom fighter, a stage actress and a revolutionary who, in Yeats' eyes, came to embody the rebirth of a free Ireland. Gonne so captivated the writer that he proposed marriage no fewer than five times, with Gonne rebuffing his advances each time but maintaining a relationship and correspondence that inspired his poetry, the one-act... More >>>