Sunday, November 9, 2008

W.B. Yeats and an Autism Book

Today I'm going to visit the home of W.B. Yeats which reminds me of one of the first autism books I've ever read. My beloved husband, a librarian for the library at Central Michigan University, checked this book out for me shortly after my son was diagnosed back in 2004. The book was brand new then. His goal was to give me hope. It took awhile but hope eventually sunk in, and I never did forget about this book.
The full title is Autism And Creativity: Is There a Link between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability. It was written by Michael Fitzgerald who taught (and may still teach) at Trinity College in Dublin. While the author included chapters on the diagnosis of autism and psychology of autism, his most fascinating chapters focus on the following figures from history: Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sir Keith Joseph, Eamon de Valera, an Irish leader from the 20th century, Author Lewis Carroll, the Indian mathematician Ramanujan, the notorious Adolph Hitler, and the Irish Poet William Butler Yeats. Although at least one of the figures are controversial, it's fascinating to read Fitzerald's arguments as to why he believes these men in particular had Asperger's Syndrome or mild autism.
Here is a related link followed by a sample of Yeats's Poetry:
Love's Loneliness by William Butler Yeats
Old fathers, great-grandfathers,
Rise as kindred should.
If ever lover's loneliness
Came where you stood,
Pray that Heaven protect us
That protect your blood.
The mountain throws a shadow,
Thin is the moon's horn;
What did we remember
Under the ragged thorn?
Dread has followed longing,
And our hearts are torn.
To the Lorenzen Boys: I love you and I'll see you in five days.
Note: I'm taking a vacation in Ireland, but have scheduled some posts to be published during my trip from November 2-14, 2008. My husband, Michael, will be home to take our two boys to school. Michael might write a post or two while I'm gone. Please feel free to comment while I'm gone. They'll be published. : )


Casdok said...

Ive also read this interesting book.
Hope you enjoy yourself today!

Anonymous said...

Me too. It is interesting. I would like to see one about females in history as well.;)