George William Russell
George William Russell who wrote with the pseudonym Æ (sometimes written AE or A.E.), was an Irish nationalist, writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter. He was also a mystical writer, and a the personage of a group of devotees of theosophy in Dublin for many years.
Russell was born in Lurgan, County Armagh. His family relocated to Dublin when he was eleven years old. He was educated at Rathmines School and the Metropolitan School of Art, where he began a lifelong friendship with William Butler Yeats. He started working as a draper’s clerk, then worked many years for the Irish ... more »
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- A Vision of Beauty
- A Farewell
- Age and Youth
- A New World
- A Call of the Sidhe
- A New Being
- A Leader
- A New Theme
- A Midnight Meditation
- A Memory
- Alter Ego
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''Any relations in a social order will endure, if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy which qualifies life for immortality.''George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1965), Irish writer. Open letter to the Masters of Dublin. Irish Times (Oct. 7, 1913). Often wrote under the n...
In ancient shadows and twilightsGeorge William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, journalist. Germinal, Vale and Other Poems (1931).
Where childhood had strayed,
The world's great sorrows were born
And its heroes were made.
In the lost boyhood of Judas
Christ was b...
Let thy young wanderer dream on:George William Russell [A.E.](1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, economist. Germinal (l. 37-42). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. S...
Call him not home.
A door opens, a breath a voice
From the ancient room,
Speaks to him now. Be it dark or bright
He is knit with his...
We must pass like smoke or live within the spirit's fire;George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, economist (pseud. Of George William Russell). Immortality (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Boo...
For we can no more than smoke unto the flame return
If our thought has changed to dream, our will unto desire,
As smoke w...
''I saw how all the trembling ages past,George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, economist (pseudonym of George William Russell). The Great Breath (l. 9-12). . . O...
Molded to her by deep and deeper breath,
Neared to the hour when Beauty breathes her last
And knows herself in death.''
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