William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Nobel Prize winning Irish dramatist, author and poet was born beside the sea in the village of Sandymount in County Dublin, Ireland. His early collections include Crossways (1889), The Rose (1893) and The Wind Among the Reeds (1899).
The Abbey Theatre was founded as Ireland’s national theatre, by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory on 27 December 1904 with a manifesto “to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland”.
Yeats died in the South of France on 28 January, 1939 and was buried at Roquebrune Cemetery. In 1948 his body was exhumed and brought back to Drumcliff. As Yeats requested in his last poem – he was buried within sight of Ben Bulben. Yeats is buried in the Protestant churchyard, Drumcliff, Co. Sligo, Ireland.
The Yeats Society was founded in Sligo in 1958 to commemorate and honour the memory of W.B. Yeats, and to promote appreciation of his poetry and other writings, and an awareness of the other members of this talented family. The Society operates from the Yeats Memorial Building in the very centre of Sligo, overlooking the River Garavogue. The building is the administrative centre of the Society and houses the Yeats Photographic Exhibition, the Yeats Art Gallery, and Lily’s Café.
Down by Salley Gardens
Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her did not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she placed her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.