Under Ben Bulben: W. B. Yeats’ Grave
Yeats’ own epitaph from his poem: “Cast a cold eye on life, on death.”William Butler Yeats
The Irish poet William Butler Yeats lived through and poetically chronicled the flourishing of Irish culture and independence in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Yeats was one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish literary and nationalist establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, and served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Yeats was born in Ireland and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889. From 1900, his poetry grew more visceral and realistic. In…
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