Yeats’ country in Sligo and Leitrim. Reblogged from “Irish Dreams”.
For my upcoming trip to Ireland, Sligo is higher on my “must visit” list than Dublin, and for one semi-nerdy reason: I love Yeats’ poem The Stolen Child.
I first heard the poem in high school after stumbling upon Loreena McKennitt’s work. Several months passed before I realized the words were actually penned by Yeats in 1886, and that each stanza references real sights in an around Sligo.
Sligo Coastline. Image Credit: Wikipedia.
From that moment on, I was entranced. I chose The Stolen Child for a classroom poetry analysis exercise, and I’d later find inspiration from its refrain for a short story that evolved into my first novel.
When I went to Ireland with my family in 2011, our tour group didn’t stop in Sligo. It came as a disappointment, but I’d already decided at that point I’d find a way back to Ireland…
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