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The identifying Page xv material is designed to cover the context of each use of the name. There are several ways to use this dictionary effectively; a combination is perhaps best: 1. The reader can go directly from a poem with a name in it to this dictionary for its immediate identification, pronunciation guide, etcetera. 2. ]. 3. Those poems in which the name appears are given at the end of each entry. 4. The dictionary can profitably be read through, or browsed, because it contains helpful information that identifying a single name may not demand.
In the notes given at the end of his Collected Poems, Yeats says that Artisson was an evil spirit much run after in Kilkenny at the start of the fourteenth century. Artisson, also called Robin, son of Art, and Lady Kyteler figure in what is perhaps Ireland's most famous case of witchcraft. " Athene. Pallas Athene, the Olympian goddess of wisdom. She was a virgin goddess, the daughter of Zeus, having sprung fully grown from his brow. ]. ] to see who could do most for man. Poseidon gave man the horse; but Athene won by giving man the olive tree, symbol also of peace.
See also "Mohini Chatterjee. Bran. The name of a legendary hound. ], jealous because her sweetheart married Finn's aunt, changed the woman into a beautiful hound who then gave birth to two whelps. Finn named the whelps Bran and Sceolan, and they were the great hunting dogs of the Fianna, and followers of Finn. Bran, the hound, should not be confused with Bran, the Welsh fertility god, who was the brother of Branwen. " Branwen. A Welsh goddess of love. Branwen was the daughter of Llyr, the Welsh sea god, comparable to the Irish sea god Lir.
A Yeats dictionary: persons and places in the poetry of William Butler Yeats by Lester I. Conner