"as though she were part of some Celtic play of a heroine from Maeterlinck"
Example of Symbolist art ('The Dream' by Puvis de Chavannes)
Public DomainExample of Symbolist art ('The Dream' by Puvis de Chavannes) - Credit: Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes

Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet and essayist whose works were written in French.

He is considered part of the Symbolist movement which had its origins in the work of the French poet, Charles Baudelaire, and those poets whom Baudelaire influenced, such as Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

Maeterlinck's plays include Princess Maleine (1890) and Pelléas and Mélisande (1892).

A Celtic play is probably one associated with what is sometimes called the 'Celtic Revival' in literature and art, whereby there was renewed interest in the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Wales (the Celtic nations).

In Irish literature, the revival is strongly associated with the work of writers such as William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, Sean O'Casey and Augusta, Lady Gregory.