John Shawe-Taylor

  • W. B. Yeats


There is a portrait of John Shawe-Taylor by a celebrated painter in the Dublin Municipal Gallery, but, painted in the midst of a movement of the arts that exalts characteristics above the more typical qualities, it does not show us that beautiful and gracious nature. There is an exaggeration of the hollows of the cheeks and of the form of the bones which empties the face of the balance and delicacy of its lines. He was a very handsome man, as women who have imagination and tradition understand those words, and had he not been so, mind and character had been different. There are certain men, certain famous commanders of antiquity, for instance, of whose good looks the historian always speaks, and whose good looks are the image of their faculty; and these men, copying hawk or leopard, have an energy of swift decision, a power of sudden action, as if their whole body were their brain.


Typical Quality Living Stream Instant Decision Good Rider Great Decision 


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© Mrs W. B. Yeats 1961

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