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Maude Gonne and myself are going for a week or two perhaps to some country place in Ireland to get as you do the forms of gods and spirits and to get some sacred earth for evocation. Perhaps we can arrange to go somewhere where you are so that we can all work together. Maud Gonne has seen a vision of a litde temple of the heroes which she proposes to build somewhere in Ireland when '98 is over [celebrations to commemorate Wolfe Tone and the Rebellion of 1798] and to make the centre of our mystical and literary movements.

31 Knocknashee : this may be Knocknashee Common in the parish of Achonry in the Barony of Leyny, Co. Sligo. There is a Knocknashee in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. 35 Tiraragh : this may be Teeraree (Tir a rig), a townland in the parish of Kilmorgan, Co. Sligo 17 25 A Commentary on the Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats 25-27 36 Ballinafad: a village in the parish of Aughanagh, on the Sligo road near Boyle 37 Inishmurray : an island in the Atlantic, now uninhabited THE BALLAD OF MOLL MAGEE This poem first appeared in WO, but Katharine Tynan told Allan Wade she thought it appeared in The Gael (I887).

CW r). His Arcadian ideas probably came from Spenser. 4 Grey Truth : in his teens Yeats began occasionally telling people that one should believe whatever had been believed in all countries and periods, and only reject any part of it after much evidence, instead of starting all over afresh and only believing what one could prove. (A 78) ; 7 A Commentary on the Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats 7 He had grown to hate science 'with a monkish hate' (A 82). He had made himself a new religion : almost an infallible Church of poetic tradition, of a fardel of stories, and of personages, and of emotions, inseparable from their first expression, passed on from generation to generation by poets and painters with some help from philosophers and theologians .

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