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1. How was Yeats affected by his friendship with O'Leary?

In Ireland, Yeats became friends with a man named O'Leary who was the president of the Young Ireland Society. It was through this friend that Yeats was exposed to many great Irish writers he had not been aware of before. This, too, helped Yeats to find his own voice.

2. What did Yeats think of his first seance?

Yeats was terrified by his first experience with a seance, and refused to ever be a part of one again.

3. How were Yeats's grandfathers different in their personalities?

Yeats had great affection for one grandfather, who he greatly admired for his many achievements in his occupation. Yeats's other grandfather, on the other hand, was a harsh man who was quick to criticize Yeats and ran a strict household.

4. How did Yeats meet Dowden, and what did Dowden teach Yeats?

Yeats' father introduced him to Edward Dowden, who would be a great influence on Yeats' poetry. Dowden taught Yeats about the Pre-Raphaelites and introduced him to George Eliot.

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