from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Gonne, Maud 1865-1953. Irish patriot and actress. A leader of the Irish independence movement, she was a founder (1906) of Sinn Fein. William Butler Yeats's play Cathleen ni Houlihan (1892) is based on Gonne's life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Middle English preterits plural of gin.
- n. A Middle English form of gun.
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- n. Irish patriot and a founder of the Sinn Fein (1865-1953)
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The sad life of Iseult Gonne is one of the many peripheral stories that Foster expertly sketches in the margins (though she deserves, if that's the word for it, a biography of her own).
The Philadelphia exhibit includes more than 80 works, notably Mr. Capucci's 1956 "Nove Gonne" "Nine Skirts", which pairs a simple bodice with nine overlapping layers of skirts in red silk taffeta.
His mother, Maud Gonne, a Protestant-to-Catholic convert from Great Britain, was the muse for W. B. Yeats' poetry.
Irish writers tended to be mordant (Jonathan Swift), witty (playwrights from William Congreve to Oscar Wilde) or darkly romantic (Yeats, who yearned in vain and in verse for the beautiful Maud Gonne).
A lovesick Yeatswrote that Maude Gonne had "beauty like a tightened bow", and theold priest who taught us English (and whohad once seen Gonne on a Dublin street) would spend eternities explaining the simile.
Gonne puso, thata, kgagalelo ke tsa gago go sena bokhutlho.
Yeats famously observed that after meeting Gonne, "the troubling of my life began."
Presently, a vision of Gonne as a child flashes into his consciousness, prompting a startled Yeats to declare, "She stands before me as a living child."
The initial stage of Yeats's reverie unites the children before him with the image of a very young Gonne.
Yeats looks upon "one child or t'other there" and speculates as to whether "she" -- Gonne -- "stood so at that age."