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The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.32 pp.281-303

Yeats and Maud Gonne and “A Bronze Head”

Rhee Young Suck


I look at the images of Maud Gonne in Yeats's "Bronze Head."
The bronze head is a sculpture made by Lawrence Campbell, which is in theMunicipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin. When Yeats saw it, he must be shocked;she is old, and yet she looks "magnificent."
In the bronze work, Yeats sees Maud Gonne as "human, superhuman," and"supernatural," as well. He puts down all that occurs to him, from the very firstencounter, when "she walks like a goddess," not without wildness, though, to theimage of Cathleen-like soul, to the image of her being supernatural with a sternereye. All this enriching vision is made possible in this last poem of his; it is aconclusion to his poetry that is a history of a great heart craving for life for anthergreat heart; it is the best paean dedicated to a Goddess in his heart.


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