Poems by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

The poetry of William Butler Yeats is steeped in Ireland, its country, towns, people and culture. Much of his work is inspired by and brings alive the West of Ireland, places in Sligo and Galway where he spent much of his life and where he is buried. Other work evokes events and locations in the city of Dublin, or Irish holy sites and historic places such as Tara, St Patrick's Purgatory and the Rock of Cashel. In their citation for Yeats' Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, the Nobel Committee said his work was "inspired poetry, which which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation".

William Butler Yeats is one of the greatest poets in the English language. His poetry is rooted in the geography and history of Ireland. He wrote many poems about places.