"An influence which undeniably stimulated both his poetic and Irish obsession, was his famed doomed love for the fiery revolutionary Maud Gonne. Gonne, the love of Yeats life, spurned his marriage proposals five times in twenty five years.
"During this period, Yeats' unrequited love drove him both to distraction and some of the most beautiful love poetry ever created. When in 1903 after the fourth rejection she married Major John MacBride, an Irish revolutionary who was later executed by the English, Yeats' lines are unforgettable in his poem 'No Second Troy'...
"'Why should I blame her that she filled my days With misery... / Why, what could she have done, being what she is? / Was there another Troy for her to burn?'"