Creator: William Butler Yeats
aka: WB Yeats
- Had I the heavensí embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths,
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.-"Aed Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven"
Tropes featured in his works
- Arcadia: He viewed the place he spent his summers in Sligo as this. He expresses his desire to live this way permanently in "The Lake Isle of Inishfree".
- Betty and Veronica: In "A Prayer For My Daughter", he observes that courtesy, charm, and kindness may trump beauty.
- Death Seeker: "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death"
- Designated Villain: "September 1913" attacks the Catholic merchant middle classes for being greedy and materialistic. It was inspired by the city council not wanting to give money to open an art gallery at the request of Hugh Lane...right when living conditions in the city were terrible. So chances are they might not have wanted to splash out on something quite so frivolous.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: "For Anne Gregory"
- The Fair Folk: He seems to have really believed in them which makes sense as he was both a Celtophile and an occultist.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: In "A Prayer for my Daughter", he wants a little less than this.
- Swans A Swimming: "The Wild Swans at Coole"
- Take That: "September 1913" is one to the Catholic merchant middle classes.
- The One That Got Away: Maud Gonne. He proposed to her several times, including a week after her husband's funeral.