Easter with Yeats March 31, 2013 – Tags: Easter, irish literature, James Jaffe, Poetry, Rare Books
Easter, 1916, the first publication of one of Yeats’ greatest poems, and the rarest of all of the poet’s publications.
The Dublin tragedy has been a great sorrow and anxiety. . . . I have little doubt there have been many miscarriages of justice. . . I had no idea that any public event could so deeply move me – and I am very despondent about the future. At the moment I feel that all the work of years has been overturned, all the bringing together of classes, all the freeing of Irish literature and criticism from politics.
The poem finally reached a wider audience when the New Statesman printed a revised version in 1920. It was included that year in the book Michael Robartes and the Dancer which was published by the Cuala Press.
Here, in its entirety, the poem: