A spoonful of sugar? I think not.
Mary Poppins and W.B. Yeats might make an unlikely combination, but they're both linked to P. L. Travers. Ms. Travers was a devout Yeats fan (trekking to his home with an offering of red berry rowan tree branches) and the creator of Mary Poppins, but a rather different one than brought to cinematic fame by Julie Andrews. If you're rather a fan and would rather think of Ms. Poppins as whimsical and wonderful, introducing children and adults to an imaginative world where one need only fly a kite to right the world, then I suggest that you pop in the DVD or see the new Broadway play version... but don't read this article... or the original books that Ms. Travers wrote.