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W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

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DOWN IN A WILLOW GARDEN
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Fiolar 28 Jan 01 - 05:36 AM
McGrath of Harlow 28 Jan 01 - 09:41 AM
Peter K (Fionn) 28 Jan 01 - 02:03 PM
Callie at work 28 Jan 01 - 08:37 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 29 Jan 01 - 06:54 AM
GUEST,JTT 29 Jan 01 - 07:40 AM
Peter T. 29 Jan 01 - 08:51 AM
Callie 30 Jan 01 - 06:58 AM
Fiolar 30 Jan 01 - 01:11 PM
McGrath of Harlow 30 Jan 01 - 01:45 PM
Mrrzy 31 Jan 01 - 12:51 PM
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Subject: W.B. Yeats
From: Fiolar
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 05:36 AM

The great Irish poet W.B.Yeats died on this day January 29th 1939 in the south of France. His "remains" were brought back to Ireland in 1948 and re-interred in Drumcliff, Co Sligo. The inscription on his tombstone reads: "Cast a cold eye On Life, On Death. Horseman pass by." The reason I wrote "remains" is that recent research apparently casts some doubt as to whether the body in buried in Drumcliff is really that of Yeats. It is alleged that between 1939 and 1948, the knowledge of the real Yeats' grave was lost.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 09:41 AM

I suppose they were a bit preoccupied by other things at the time, when you look at the dates. The memorial stone is more important then the body anyway, and that's in the right place.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 02:03 PM

On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut...


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Callie at work
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 08:37 PM

I visited the site, at the foot of Ben Bulben, a few years ago.

Puzzled by the plaque to his wife simply marked "George" and placed where his "feet" would be.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 06:54 AM

The George tribute was placed by the son and daughter. I always assumed it was on her instructions, but don't know. She was never quite the love of his life of course,and maybe the instruction in "Under Ben Bulben" for his own tombstone was thought too personal to accommodate George too.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 07:40 AM

His wife was called George.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Peter T.
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 08:51 AM

I suppose one should stick up for George here: she was, in a weird way, the love of the second half of his life. She was no Maud Gonne, but she did get to him -- that automatic writing, etc.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Callie
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 06:58 AM

Coincidentally i'm reading the biography of Maud Gonne and was surprised that she was not Irish nor had she Irish ancestors.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Fiolar
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 01:11 PM

According to A Dictionary of Irish Biography her father was an army officer of Irish descent.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 01:45 PM

Being Irish is largely a state of mind. Ideas like "race" and that don't come into it, it's more to do with where your loyalties lie.


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Subject: RE: W.B. Yeats
From: Mrrzy
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 12:51 PM

Kind of the opposite of being jewish... (BG)!


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