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The dictionary can profitably be read through, or browsed, because it contains helpful information that identifying a single name may not demand. There are, of course, many individuals to thank for help, encouragement, and inspiration. I will do most of this in the page of dedication and acknowledgment. No one, however, can have given me more outright help and encouragement than Samuel Hynes, Professor Emeritus, Princeton, and I can but hope that my gratitude is as obvious as my indebtedness. Page 3 A Abbé Michel de Bourdeille.
In the tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone buried her brother Polyneices in defiance of King Creon's order. Creon ordered her to be buried alive. She killed herself first, and Creon's son, Haemon, who loved her, killed himself upon her grave. Yeats did not create a version of Sophocles' Antigone for the modern stage, but he did stage versions of King Oedipus, and Oedipus at Colonus. " Aoife [ee'fa]. An immortal female warrior who dwelt on Craig Liath, or the gray rock, located in Scotland. ] had a son, named Connla, whom he later inadvertently kills.
There is, however, nothing to confirm that the paternal family of Butlers, from whom the poet gets his middle name, is in any direct line descendant from the Butler-Ormondes. In 1773, Yeats's great-great grandfather married Mary Butler. She was the great granddaughter of Edmond Butler, who, in 1696, had married Mary Voisin of French Huguenot stock, a heritage that Yeats was wont to refer to. " Byrne, Billy, and Byrnes and O'Byrnes. An illustrious family name in Irish history, in all its variations.