Arthur Symons’s “Iseult Gonne”: A Previously Unpublished Memoir

  • Karl Beckson
Part of the Yeats Annual book series (YA)


Arthur Symons’s acquaintance with Iseult Gonne probably dated from 1917, when he was, he told John Quinn, seeing much of Maud Gonne, then fiftyone (“majestic, speaking rarely [at dinner], seeing always visions, stirs with some of her stately beauty; saying: ‘I am old, old. My heart is for Ireland and my love for France’”).1 Symons may have known Maud Gonne as early as 1891, when, as a member of the Rhymers’ Club, he may have attended a meeting in her honour, prior to one of her many visits to France (CL 270). According to Nancy Cardozo, Symons was Maud Gonne’s favourite, after Yeats, among the Rhymers.2


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