Happy 150th Birthday, William Butler Yeats, Italop

William Butler Yeats was born in Ireland on 13 June 1865. He died at Cap Martin, France, in 1938 and was buried in Roquebrune. His coffin was subsequently disinterred and taken to Ireland in 1948. If we rewind the tape here, the presence of Italian culture in Yeats' life dates back to his youth. As a painting student he came across the names of great Italian artists, who are mentioned both in his early prose writings and in his poetry. The most influential from the point of view of Yeats's works was certainly Michelangelo, whose magnificent statues were a huge source of inspiration. His poetry too caught Yeats's attention... Click to download the PDF of this article.