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397), he refers to Michelangelo’s painting of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. ADAMS, HENRY [BROOKS] (1838–1918), American historian, philosopher, and literary scholar. He was born in Boston, the grandson of John Quincy Adams, and graduated from Harvard in 1858. After a period as private secretary to his father, Charles Francis Adams, minister to Great Britain during the Lincoln administration, he returned to the United States in 1868 as a newspaper correspondent for The Nation. In 1870, he was appointed to teach medieval history at Harvard.
He lived in fear of a prophecy that he would be killed by his own grandson. When his daughter Eithne gave birth to triplets, Balor hurled the babies into the sea. One was saved and given the name Lugh. He fulfilled the prophecy when he joined the Tuatha de´ Danaan in the second Battle of Moytura. He cast a spear at Balor with such force that the eye was driven through the back of Balor’s head, killing the king and most of the Fomorian army behind him. In The Countess Cathleen (CPl. 45, 49), Aleel describes Balor in hell, in the company of Barach, Cailitin, and Conchubar.
She is very likely the model for the flighty Margaret Leland in WBY’s novel John Sherman and Dhoya, written a few years later. In an unpublished lyric, ‘‘A Double Moon or More Ago’’ (UM. 34), WBY appears to have had Laura Armstrong in mind. REFERENCE: Murphy, William M. ’’ Irish University Review 9, no. 1 (spring 1979). ARNOLD, MATTHEW (1822–88), influential English poet and critic, and professor of poetry at Oxford University, 1857–67. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby. For a considerable period of his life, he was an inspector of schools.
A William Butler Yeats encyclopedia by Yeats, William Butler; Yeats, William Butler; McCready, Sam