I’ve always been intrigued by WB Yeats. As an English Literature graduate who specialised in Creative Writing, I suppose it’s only natural that his use of language inspired me. The evolution of his early poetry to late poetry, along with his distinctly visual plays, really made me consider the kind of person he must have been and, particularly, what led to his reckless evocation of love.
Learning about his relationships with Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne gave me a deeper understanding of the man and his writing. I became interested in these fiery women who dominated his life. I’ve researched my family history for years now – I often wonder about the challenges and issues that our grandparents and great-grandparents faced and how that has affected us in the present – but the moment Maud and Iseult Gonne’s lives began to intertwine with Yeats’ would certainly change them, and history, forever.
That’s why I wanted to interview Orna Ross, who has written a trilogy about W.B. Yeats and the Gonnes. Her extensive research on the trio has seeped into her narrative and she will be able to answer some of the questions that I still have.
If you’d like to know more about WB Yeats, Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne, we recently shared Part One of my interview on this blog, and you will be able to watch both Part Two and Part Three live on Google OnAir in the coming weeks.
Hope you enjoy discovering more about WB Yeats and the women that inspired, tormented and fascinated him.
Marése O’Sullivan is a graduate of English Literature, French and Creative Writing from NUI Galway and is currently completing her M.A. in Newspaper Journalism at City University London. She is a freelance editor and journalist. You can read her blog at mareseosullivan.wordpress.com.