ISSN : (Online)
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14354/yjk.2010.34.201
An Example of Courtly Love: Love between Yeats and Gonne
The relationship between Yeats and Gonne starts by his admiration for herbeauty and sternness as a nationalist for the Irish Independence. Also, he glorifiesher as a secret being. Moreover, Yeats’s love for her shows the doubleness: eroticand spiritual, humane and transcendental, and humiliating and proud. However,Gonne’s coldness leads Yeats to desperation. And the last step shows Yeats’s fearof castration for the politically-minded Maud Gonne. In Rose, there is Yeats’sadmiration for the secret woman, Maud Gonne. Yeats’s unrequited love leads finallyto desperation and sorrow for love, facing Gonne’s unwavering coldness as anationalist, which leads Yeats to give her up, showing a kind of fear of castration.