W.B. Yeats (William Butler) (1865-1939)

Death: 28th January 1939
Location: Drumcliffe Churchyard, Drumcliffe, County Sligo, Ireland
Photo taken by: Andrew Balet
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Irish poet and dramatist. Awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature ‘for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation’. One of the main English language poets of the twentieth century. His early poetry shows a large influence from Irish myth and folklore.
Having suffered from a variety of illnesses for a number of years, he died at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, in Menton, France and was buried after a private funeral at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. In September 1948, Yeats' body was moved to Drumcliffe, County Sligo. 
His epitaph is taken from the last lines of Under Ben Bulben, one of his final poems:
Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death.
Horseman, pass by.