Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with William Butler Yeats

Happy St Patrick’s Day! This day in 432 is the traditional date when Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He escaped after six years and returned to Britain, where he studied Christianity and was ordained a priest. HeContinue reading “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with William Butler Yeats”

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

“Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. ItContinue reading “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats

The Lake Isle of Innisfree By William Butler Yeats I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade.   And I shall have some peaceContinue reading “Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats”

OTR Celebrates Spring with Irish Poets

Today is the first day of spring.   What better way to welcome spring than by declaring it, thanks to UNESCO, to be World Poetry Day?   William Butler Yeats, considered to be one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, was proud of his Irish nationality.  In his poem, A Prayer for My Daughter, heContinue reading “OTR Celebrates Spring with Irish Poets”