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    over the hounding of

    Three public controversies had moved him to anger and to poetry; the first over the hounding of
    Parnell (To a Shade), the second over Synge’s play The Playboy of the Western World and the
    third over the Lane pictures.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, William Butler Yeats

    Hello teachers,

    I can’t understand the blue part. Would you please clarify it to me?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: over the hounding of

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Three public controversies had moved him to anger and to poetry; the first over the hounding of
    Parnell (To a Shade), the second over Synge’s play The Playboy of the Western World and the
    third over the Lane pictures.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, William Butler Yeats

    Hello teachers,

    I can’t understand the blue part. Would you please clarify it to me?
    Thanks in advance.
    I'm guessing maybe there's two parts that are confusing you: "over" and "hounding."

    Something makes us sad/angry/upset, or we get sad/angry/upset over something.

    "To hound somebody" means to repeatedly tell somebody, to nag somebody or even just follow somebody even to the point of harassing them. It can be somewhat neutral, but usually implies (like harass) that you're making them upset by how much you keep after them.

    "The paparazzi hounded the actress to the point she was scared to leave her house." (paparazzi were always there taking pictures, yelling to the actress, following her around town, etc.)

    "Mom hounded me all weekend to clean the garage." (mom told me over and over, she nagged me to clean the garage)
    "Quit hounding me! I'll do it when I'm ready."

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: over the hounding of

    Thanks for answering but it was not useful. Because I knew the meaning of hounding. I didn't aske the meaning of hounding. I just asked the meaning of the blue sentence. What tells us?

    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: over the hounding of

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Three public controversies had moved him to anger and to poetry; the first over the hounding of
    Parnell (To a Shade), the second over Synge’s play The Playboy of the Western World and the
    third over the Lane pictures.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, William Butler Yeats

    Hello teachers,

    I can’t understand the blue part. Would you please clarify it to me?
    Thanks in advance.
    Parnell was hounded by the press about murder allegations, which were ultimately proven to be false. This was the cause of the anger.

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    Re: over the hounding of

    There were three public controversies that made Yeats angry. One was the public hounding of a person named Parnell, who Yeats talked about in his poem "To a Shade." Is that clearer?

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: over the hounding of

    Yes now I got it. Thanks a million.

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