And as far as the center goes—with apologies to Yeats, it is holding remarkably well.
“The tsunami will probably be the main reason” for casualties, Yeats says.
Counter him with Yeats or Pound, who, arising from the same milieu, opted to support Hitler and Mussolini.
What is odd is that no one ever seems to notice that the two real influences on my work are Yeats and Henry James.
From that perspective, the story is satirical not about Yeats so much as it is about Yeats-olatry.
Mr. Yeats is not so kind to the men "in the highway" as the old Irish bards.
Mr. Yeats is only the chief of those who draw from this source.
Yeats found him in France in 1898 and advised him to go to the Aran Islands, to live there as if he were one of the people.
Years have shown that Yeats's appreciation was not as exaggerated as many might suppose.
The poems of Yeats which are quoted here reveal him in his most lyric and musical vein.