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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Changed, utterly

A terrible beauty is born.

Detail from the statue of WB Yeats outside the Ulster Bank in Sligo, below.

When receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature from the King of Sweden in 1924, Yeats commented that the Stockholm Royal Palace reminded him of the Ulster Bank in Sligo. In 1989, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, the townspeople erected this statue, by artist Rowan Gillespie, of the poet ‘wrapt in his words’...

from the Sligo Town Walking Tour. The statue has been damaged: one of the eye-pieces of his spectacles is missing. We heard two possibile explanations for this: a car knocked the statue over some years ago; a fanatic of Yeats thought the statue would be more realistic if it portrayed Yeats with a monacle.

Posted by bigblue on 16/08/2011 at 09:49 AM
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