Today we had a lecture about William B Yeats. We heard some of his poems read out loud like "The Stolen Child", "When You Are Old", and "No Second Troy". The class also heard about Yeatses unrequited love for Maud Gonne, which the second two peons listed are about. Then we went to go see the church and graveyard where he is buried:
After that we headed to Sligo and got to walk around. After some shopping l had lunch in Yeatses house!
The group then traveled to Glencar Waterfall which was the inspiration for W.B. Yeats's poem "The Stolen Child". The Poem, which Niamh beautifully read to us, was written in 1886 and was based on an old Irish legend. The legend stated that fairies would lure children to that waterfall and take them to the fae world. Niamh told us that when a child died in the 17th century they would often refer to the Glencar waterfall, stating that the child had gone with the fairies. The waterfall was unbelievably beautiful and one of the most stunning and green places I have ever seen! After a short hick around the waterfall we had really tasty ice cream, which our bus drive very kindly paid for! What a wonderful day!
I am a student from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Ireland this summer!