How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face

(When you are Old and Grey, 1892)

Irish actor Liam Neeson reads WB Yeats’ Easter 1916, courtesy RTÉ


June 13th marks the 155th birthday of the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) , and the founder of the world renowned The Abbey Theater (Amharclann na Mainistreach), in 1909.

In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Yeats Society Ireland are inviting all Yeats fans and lovers of poetry and literature around the globe to celebrate #YeatsDay by recording and uploading their favourite Yeats poem. 

National Library of Ireland is calling on Yeats and poetry lovers to brush up on their knowledge of the life and works of the great writer with a quiz game on their Facebook page.

His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador @Embassy of Ireland to the United States; Darina Gallagher, Manager @James Joyce Society; and Susan O’Keefe, Director @Yeats Society Sligo will host a stellar group of guests at “A Transatlantic Celebration of Yeats Day & Bloomsday” with the Embassy of Ireland, DC, the Joyce Centre, Dublin & the Yeats Society, Sligo – Jun 12, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada).
More info on the days’ programmings, visit Yeats Society.
Dominic West reads “The Second Coming” by WB Yeats, courtesy RTE Ireland