June 13th, 155 Years ago, the poet William Butler Yeats was born! To honour his birth, one of our volunteers reads one of the many poems he has written. We have chosen this one, as it is very much linked to our museum.
First published in the second edition of The Wild Swans at Coole (1919), "An Irish Airman Forsees His Death" is one of four poems written on Major Robert Gregory, the only son of Lady Gregory, Irish poet, dramatist, and folklorist. "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" is Yeats' attempt to get inside Gregory's head, so to speak, and describe Gregory's sense of life, certain death, and war.
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The Volunteers at the Kiltartan Gregory Museum