Cathleen ni Hoolihan: A Play in One Act and in Prose
Brasch PR5904 C37
London: A. H. Bullen
A leading figure in the Irish Literary Revival, Yeats made new material drawn from Irish myth and folklore. In Cathleen ni Hoolihan, Yeats uses an allegorical figure from Jacobite poetry: Cathleen ni Hoolihan as Ireland. She first appears as ‘The Poor Old Woman,’ who complains that her land has been taken from her, and she wants it back. While any man who helps her sacrifices everything, he ‘shall be remembered forever.’ Leaving the cottage, she is transformed into ‘a young girl’ with ‘the walk of a queen.’
W. B. Yeats, “Cathleen ni Hoolihan: A Play in One Act and in Prose,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed August 23, 2019, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8435.
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