A mermaid found a swimming lad,Picked him for her own,Pressed her body to his body,Laughed; and plunging downForgot in cruel happinessThat even lovers drown.
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William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin in 1865 but spent his childhood in County Sligo and London. He returned to Dublin when he was fifteen.
Yeats was part of the Irish literary revival and in 1903 founded the Abbey Theatre with Lady Augusta Gregory. He was the first Irish recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and as well as his contribution to literature, Yeats was deeply political and served for two terms in the Irish Senate.
National Library of Ireland's online Yeats exhibition
Yeats at the British Library
Audio recordings at the Poetry Archive
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W. B. Yeats 1865
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