When William Butler Yeats was fifty-two years old, he married the fifteen-year old Georgie Hyde-Lees, who practiced what she called automatic writing. His A Vision, privately published in 1926, was largely influenced by Georgie's automatic writing abilities.

This interests me for three reasons.

First, Madam George is a wonderful song on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks album. This album tries to summon the mysticism of Yeats, and Morrison, being Irish, pulls it off pretty damn well. Many folks think the song is about Yeats' mystical young wife.

Second, The Second Coming by Yeats is the greatest poem written in the 20th Century.

Third, what 52 year old man doesn't want to marry a mystical 15 year old girl?

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