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When Poet George William Russell was a young man in Victorian Dublin, he wrote a philosophic article under the pseudonym "Æon." The printer mangled it, and Æon came out Æ. For the rest of his life, Russell wrote under that diphthong. Outdistanced as a poet by such contemporaries as Thomas Hardy and William Butler Yeats, Æ culled through his verses not long before his death (in 1935) and selected 124 that he hoped he might be remembered for. Last week his Selected Poems achieved the semiclassic permanence of republication in the Golden Treasury...

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