Norah M. Holland

(1876-1925 / Ontario)

Norah M. Holland
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Norah Mary Holland (1876-1925) was a Canadian poet.


Holland was born in Collingwood, Ontario, the daughter of Elizabeth Yeats and John H. Holland. Her mother was a first cousin of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

In 1889 the Hollands moved to Toronto, and Norah Holland completed her education at Toronto's Parkdale Collegiate. She work for the Dominion Press Clippping Bureau for eight years, and then joined the Toronto Daily News

Her play, When Half Gods Go, was the final performance staged by Toronto's Margaret Eaton School of Literature and Expression in 1928. more »

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To W. B. Yeats

A wind of dreams comes singing over sea,
From where the white waves kiss the coasts of home,
Bringing upon its rainbow wings to me
Glimpses of days gone by,
Of wastes of water, where the sea-gulls cry
Above the sounding foam.

Or through the mists do Finn and Usheen ride
With all their men along some faery shore,
While Bran and Sgeolan follow at their side,
Adown the shadowy track,
Till in the sunset Caoilte's hair blows back,
And Niamh calls once more.

Or the brown bees hum through the drowsy day
In glades of Inisfree, where sunlight ...

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