William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet. This post features Easter 1916 Poem by William Butler Yeats.
Easter 1916 poem by W. B. Yeats describes the poet’s torn emotions regarding the events of the Easter Rising staged in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916. The uprising was unsuccessful, and most of the Irish republican leaders involved were executed for treason. The poem was written between May and September 1916, but first published in 1921 in the collection Michael Robartes and the Dancer.
In 1923, Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honored for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.”
Easter 1916 Poem
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