William Butler Yeats

[W.B. Yeats] (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

William Butler Yeats Poems

1. Tom At Cruachan 1/13/2003
2. Tom O'Roughley 5/17/2001
3. To A Wealthy Man Who Promised A Second Subscription To The Dublin Municipal Gallery If It Were Proved The People Wanted Pictures 5/17/2001
4. The Death of Cuchulain 6/13/2015
5. The Statesman's Holiday 5/17/2001
6. The Three Monuments 5/17/2001
7. The New Faces 5/17/2001
8. The Gift Of Harun Al-Rashid 5/17/2001
9. The Nineteenth Century And After 5/17/2001
10. The Three Hermits 5/17/2001
11. The Spirit Medium 5/17/2001
12. Those Images 5/17/2001
13. The Lover Speaks To The Hearers Of His Songs In Coming Days 5/17/2001
14. To A Wealthy Man Who Promised A Second Subscription To The Dublin Municipal Gallery If It Were 1/1/2004
15. The Indian To His Love 5/17/2001
16. The Spur 5/17/2001
17. The Happy Townland 5/17/2001
18. The Wanderings Of Oisin: Book Ii 1/3/2003
19. Veronica's Napkin 5/17/2001
20. The Mountain Tomb 5/17/2001
21. To Dorothy Wellesley 5/17/2001
22. Two Songs Rewritten For The Tune's Sake 5/17/2001
23. The Statues 5/17/2001
24. The Poet Pleads With The Elemental Powers 5/17/2001
25. The Valley Of The Black Pig 1/3/2003
26. The Lady's Third Song 5/17/2001
27. The Seven Sages 5/17/2001
28. To A Poet, Who Would Have Me Praise Certain Bad Poets, Imitators Of His And Mine 5/17/2001
29. Three Songs To The Same Tune 5/17/2001
30. The Lady's Second Song 5/17/2001
31. The Wanderings Of Oisin: Book Iii 1/3/2003
32. The Mother Of God 5/17/2001
33. The Travail Of Passion 5/17/2001
34. Under The Round Tower 5/17/2001
35. The Indian Upon God 5/17/2001
36. The Valleys Of The Black Pig 5/17/2001
37. The Grey Rock 1/13/2003
38. To Songs Of A Fool 5/17/2001
39. The Shadowy Waters: The Harp Of Aengus 1/13/2003
40. The Wanderings Of Oisin: Book I 1/3/2003

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/9/2015 10:53:00 AM)

    Yeats Obituary - from The New York Times - January 29,1939:
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    Nice, France, Jan.29. - The death of William Butler Yeats, famous Irish poet and playwright, occurred yesterday near Mentone. Mr. Yeats, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923, was 73 years old.
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    Mentone, France, Jan.29 (AP) . - Mr. Yeats died in the little French Riviera town of Roquebrune, after a short illness, at a boarding house where he and his wife had been staying.
    He will be buried tomorrow at Roquebrune. It was expected, however, that eventually the poet's body would be removed to his native Ireland.
    Mr. Yeats arrived in Roquebrune early last month in ill health. He suffered repeated heart attacks, and was able to take only short walks in the gardens of the house where he stayed. He had been confined to his bed since Tuesday.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/13/2015 1:45:00 PM)

    “Yeats matters today in the way that Shakespeare or Jonson or Dickinson matter, ” says the critic and poet James Longenbach. “He's inseparable from what we understand the medium of the English language is capable of producing on the page.”

    TS Eliot called Yeats one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them.

  • Deniz Atay Deniz Atay (8/16/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    W.B. Yeats is one of the closest poets (friends) to me. Words are insufficient to describe his poetry and legacy - you just have to live (and love) him...

  • S B (5/5/2014 5:43:00 PM)

    Classic and modern touches in his poetry. A Bronze Head is a very good poem of his.

  • Jack Growden Jack Growden (11/1/2013 1:00:00 AM)

    Brilliant poet! ! The greatest of his era in my opinion.

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    We made this short film, inspired by Yeats' 'When you are old and grey', here: http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=qyDEEQoVqjY&feature=plcp The film explores the power of poetry and the experience of first love, using Yeats' work as its text. Hope you enjoy.

  • Barbara Nixon Barbara Nixon (4/12/2012 12:55:00 PM)

    William Butler Yeats is my favourite poet, he captures a mystique and depth in his poetry that touches my soul.

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Best Poem of William Butler Yeats

When You Are Old

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Read the full of When You Are Old

The White Birds

I WOULD that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea!
We tire of the flame of the meteor, before it can fade and flee;
And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky,
Has awaked in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may not die.
A weariness comes from those dreamers, dew-dabbled, the lily and rose;
Ah, dream not of them, my beloved, the flame of the meteor that goes,
Or the flame of the blue star that lingers hung low in the fall of the dew:

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