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By Jonathan Parizer

GENRE: Drama, Historical

The Log-line: W. B. Yeats’ muse, Maud Gonne is willing to use violence to liberate Ireland from the British, while he resorts to changing the minds of the Irish people through the arts. 


The title of this screenplay, “Terrible Beauty”, is taken from one of W. B. Yeats’s poems. The story unfolds after Maud Gonne’s father has died, she skillfully maneuvers past men who are in awe over her beauty. Maud’s agenda is to help save the women and children from british rule as she develops a wide array of alliances. W. B. Yeats is in awes Maud, when they Virst meet in his parents’ home, as their relationship evolves, Willie writes a stageplay for Maud to perform the leading role, who has become his muse. Unbeknownst to Willie, Maud maintains a secretive life, such as bearing two children with Lucien Millevoye. Amdist, the backdrop of social unrest, poverty, political and economic oppression, the Irish people mobilize to fend off the British invaders. All the while, Willie is plagued with frustration over his inability to win the Maud’s heart and affection. Willie attempts to have relationships with other women to no avail. Willie tries to dissaude Maud from partaking in civil disobience and all of other means provoking the Irish people to Vight back against the British. Willie has supports helping to the extent that they can. Maud meets John McBride after he returns from the Boer War and they get married. The climate of social and political unrest escalates in Ireland. John McBride particiaptes in Bloody Sunday, and he’s hung. Eventually, Willie is introduced to GeorgianaHyde-Lees (Georgie), who he realizes she his best prospect. Maud struggles to adapt to the heartships of life, with Willie still in pursuit of her and her daughter, Isoeult; even after Willie has married Georgie, who’s at least half his age. Georgie gave birth to two children with Willie. The question remains, how were they able to come to terms with each other or not.

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