Arthur Symons’s “Iseult Gonne”: A Previously Unpublished Memoir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