Happy Birthday Billy Butler
by, 06-13-2008 at 06:42 AM (1386 Views)
Yes, it's the birthday of William Butler Yeats, born in Sandymount, Ireland, in 1865. He loved Ireland, was somewhat devastated when his father moved the family to London, which he hated. He was a daydreamer and did not do well in school. Yeats was attracted to mysticism and occultism and he had hoped that the rich, mystical Celtic heritage would bring the Irish and Anglo-Irish together. "We might bring the halves together if we had a national literature that made Ireland beautiful in the memory..."
"We begin to live when we have conceived life as tragedy."
"I think all happiness depends on the energy to assume the mask of some other life, on a re-birth as something not one's self."
and his famous epitaph:
"Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!