Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose

Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose Character List


A druid held the class of priest in ancient celtic societies. He or she was polytheistic and believed that there are spiritual elements in natural places like rivers and trees.


Fergus was a king in many of the ancient mythological cycles of the Irish. He was the lover of Queen Mebh, a protagonist in the Tain Bo Cuailange (Cattle Raid of Cooley), whose name means "fertility" in Gaelic. High Kings of Ireland in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD were named after him.


Gaelic name for Ireland; often personified by Yeats.


Cuchulain's wife in the ancient myth cycles. Yeats wrote a play about her called The Only Jealousy of Emer (1922).


The greatest hero of the Irish myths. He defeated Queen Mebh in the Tain Bo Cuailange, and came to an agreement with Fergus where they would yield to one another on the battlefield. He was married to Emer.


King of Ulster (the northeastern segment of Ireland and part of modern day Northern Ireland) in the ancient myth cycles. Cuchulain's uncle, Conchubar forcibly married the heroine Deirdre, who committed suicide.


The name of the father of the men who helped Deirdre escape Ireland before Conchubar found her and forced her to marry him.


An Irish warrior from the myth cycles who served in Cuchulain's army, the Fianna.


The intended bride of Finn Maccool, who ran away with Diarmuid.


Protagonist of Homer's Odyssey.


King of Troy during the Trojan War, who was brutally murdered by Achilles's son.

Mother Mary

Jesus's mother, the Virgin Mary.

Father Gilligan

Anonymous father.