WB Yeats and Drumcliff

Passing through County Sligo last week I made a stop at Drumcliff, the burial place of the poet, William Butler Yeats. It seemed timely to visit as it is 150 years since Yeats was born in 1865. Yeats is one of Ireland’s best known and best loved poets. Poems such as “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and “Down by the Sally Gardens” are know to nearly all Irish school children. Yeats won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Though he died in France it was his wish to be buried at Drumcliff – a magnificent spot under Ben Bulben in County Sligo. He even wrote his own epitaph in one of his final poems – Under Ben Bulben

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!

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