And as far as the center goes—with apologies to Yeats, it is holding remarkably well.
“The tsunami will probably be the main reason” for casualties, Yeats says.
From that perspective, the story is satirical not about Yeats so much as it is about Yeats-olatry.
What is odd is that no one ever seems to notice that the two real influences on my work are Yeats and Henry James.
The eminence was asked, the next morning, “Well, you've met the young Yeats— what did you think of him?”
Mr. Yeats is not so kind to the men "in the highway" as the old Irish bards.
Years have shown that Yeats's appreciation was not as exaggerated as many might suppose.
Yeats found him in France in 1898 and advised him to go to the Aran Islands, to live there as if he were one of the people.
Mr. Yeats is only the chief of those who draw from this source.
The poems of Yeats which are quoted here reveal him in his most lyric and musical vein.