William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on the 13th of June 1865 and died on the 28th of January 1939. The Irish poet grew up holidaying in County Sligo where a stunning statue dedicated to him stands. Yeats began writing when he was seventeen and was influenced by Percy Shelley, Edmund Spenser, William Blake, and Irish mythology and folklore.
Yeats used symbolism in his poetry, choosing and assembling words to give them meaning while suggesting significant abstract thought. His highly passionate poetry has inspired many fellow poets, writers, and creatives, including the lead singer of 20th century band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, who sadly passed away in January 2018. O’Riordan, a life-long Yeats fan, wrote Yeats’ Grave after she visited the place where he was buried.
O’Riordan was born and grew up in County Limerick, Ireland, and studied W.B. Yeats when she was at school. Speaking to Hot Press Magazine in 1994, Dolores expressed how her love for Yeats’ poetry felt at odds with the exam process, and vigorous analysis of the poetry.