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W. B. YEATS (1865-1939)
According to Miranda Seymour, Ottoline Morrell considered W. B. Yeats to be the only genius among her friends apart from Bertrand Russell. Like Morrell, he considered Shelley's romanticism the essence of poetry, and his combination of mysticism and political radicalism inevitably appealed strongly to her. She treated him reverentially, and his Nobel Prize of 1923 gave him all the more social cachet, yet in 1937 she broke off all contact with him, after he praised Walter Turner, who had satirized her a decade before in The Aesthetes. He had been probably the most important of all the poets among her friends.