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By Mary Ann Gillies

An interesting serious overview of British literature produced among 1900 and 1945.

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In fact, no one will remark until the final vignette of the story when she returns home with Alfred. Louisa’s exit takes her to the Durants and, specifically, Alfred. The second half of the story examines the awakening of the physical and spiritual awareness between Alfred and Louisa that leads her to reject her family. Beforehand, however, the reader learns further of what unites them. Where Louisa stands isolated from her family, Alfred is isolated from men with whom he feels no kinship. He is described as feeling spiritually impotent and less than a normal man.

46 Eveline never speaks her refusal. Tongue-tied and helpless, the story ends with her clutching the rail unable to leave with Frank because she does not and cannot believe her own story. In ‘The Boarding House,’ silence and unspoken desires throw into motion a chain of events that will irrevocably transform Bob Doran’s life. The story pivots on an unholy trinity of a ‘perverse Madonna,’ a suitor, and her mother. 47 While on first reading, the story, which takes place in the moments before the mother leaves for Sunday mass, appears to revolve around the manipulation of one man by two women, the degree to which Polly’s behaviour is encouraged and prescribed by her mother should not be underestimated.

His poetry is more often thought of as modernist than Victorian, a judgement rightly deserved given the poetry’s experimentation with form and language. Yeats had begun to make a name for himself as a poet, publishing three volumes of poems in the 1890s—Poems (1895), The Secret Rose (1897), and Wind Among the Reeds (1899). In them, he employed the techniques of symbolism, blending them with Celtic myth and occultism, to establish his credentials as a gifted new poetic voice. By the end of the decade, Yeats had returned home to Ireland, where he took an active role in the Irish Literary Revival.

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