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W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

As a schoolboy in London, Yeats longed for his native Sligo and as an adult he often returned there. He describes Sligo in his Reveries over Childhood and Youth and Sligo’s lake-studded landscape haunts his poetry. His gravestone in Drumcliff carries an epitaph he wrote himself, “Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman pass by.”

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