By Yeats, William Butler; Yeats, William Butler; McCready, Sam
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His seat was at Cruachan, in modern County Roscommon. Ailill is the ineffectual husband of Maeve, who is envious of the White Bull in his possession. When she undertakes war on Ulster because the Ulstermen refuse to let her have the Brown Bull of Cooley, Ailill is killed by Conall Caernach in retaliation for the death of Fergus. In WBY’s poem ‘‘The Old Age of Queen Maeve’’ (CP. 451), the dead Ailill is the person through whom the love god Aengus speaks to Maeve and asks for her help. Ailill is also the name of the brother of Eochaid, the High King of Ireland, who falls in love with E´ tain, his brother’s wife.
14), WBY describes a visit he made to the hill of Almhuin on a hot, sunny day. REFERENCES: Ellis, Peter Berresford. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992; McGarry, James P. Place Names in the Writings of William Butler Yeats. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1976. ALT (Irish: Alt dubh) [black glen], known locally as the Glen, the Glen at Alt, or the Black Glen. Alt is a rocky glen on the north side of Knocknarea, in Sligo (county). It is the setting for one of WBY’s last poems, ‘‘The Man and the Echo’’ (CP.
He appears in WBY’s Rosicrucian stories ‘‘Rosa Alchemica’’ and ‘‘The Tables of the Law,’’ first published in 1897. He allegedly delivered the manuscript of A Vision (1925) to WBY at Thoor Ballylee, but in his introduction to A Vision (1937), WBY admits authorship. Aherne holds a dialogue with Michael Robartes in ‘‘Phases of the Moon’’ (CP. 183), sum- 8 AIBRIC marizing the central ideas of A Vision. WBY, very likely with his tongue in his cheek, thought he may have read the name Aherne among those prosecuted for creating a disturbance at the first production of The Playboy of the Western World (VP.
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