William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is without doubt one of Ireland’s greatest poets and his name and works are renowned all over the world. Yeats was born in Sandymount, Dublin but he spent large parts of his childhood in County Sligo in the west of Ireland, a place which was always dear in his heart.
In 1923, Yeats was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature, the first time an Irishman received such as accolade. In being granted the award he was noted for his “inspired poetry”. W.B. Yeats’ body of work lives on and today still resonates worldwide.
Yeats’ died in 1939 at the age of 73 and his burial place is in his beloved Sligo in the Drumcliff cemetery. His grave stone epitaph holds lines from one of his final poetic masterpieces “Under Ben Bulben”:
Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death.
Horseman, pass by!
This timeline from the Ocean Sands Hotel in Sligo charts the journey of W.B. Yeats’ life.
This Interactive Timeline on W.B. Yeats – June 13th, 150 Years of Yeats - is created by Terease Devaney, see the Ocean Sands Hotel in Sligo for more information.