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william butler yeats 1865 1939 charcoal by John Singer Sargent.Wikimedia Commons.smallWilliam Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), charcoal drawing by John Singer Sargent / Wikimedia CommonsSomething happened to William Butler Yeats on his way to becoming a painter...in the footsteps of his father. He decided he liked writing poetry better. Certainly he was a favorite of most of the English teachers I’ve ever had, but I don’t remember any of them assigning his foxhunting poems for study! Yeats was born in Ireland, so the foxhunting came naturally.

“Now lay me in a cushioned chair
And carry me, you four,
With cushions here and cushions there,
To see the world once more.

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# Noel Mullins 2020-07-13 14:55
Interestingly the epitaph on William Butler Yeats headstone in Drumcliffe, County Sligo reads;
Cast a Cold Eye,
On Life,
On Death.
Horseman,
Pass By!
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# Olga Danes-Volkov 2020-07-16 14:55
Love this Poem. Haven’t read it before
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