Library: Poems by William Butler Yeats

Poem Texts in Chronological Order by Publication Date

William Butler Yeats in 1930
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  • “The Song of the Happy Shepherd” (from The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems, 1889)
  • The Stolen Child” (from The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems, 1889)
  • “The Ballad of Moll Magee” (from The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems, 1889)
  • “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (from The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics, 1892)
  • “When You Are Old” (from The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics, 1892)
  • “The Host of the Air” (from The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899)
  • The Song of Wandering Aengus” (from The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899)
  • “Song of the Old Mother” (from The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899)
  • “A Poet to His Beloved” (from The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899)
  • Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” (from The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899)
  • In the Seven Woods” (from In the Seven Woods, Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age, 1903)
  • “The Old Age of Queen Maeve” (from In the Seven Woods, Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age, 1903)
  • Adam’s Curse” (from In the Seven Woods, Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age, 1903)
  • No Second Troy” (from The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1912)
  • “A Drinking Song” (from The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1912)
  • To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing” (from Responsibilities and Other Poems, 1916)
  • “The Player Queen” (from Responsibilities and Other Poems, 1916)
  • “The Cold Heaven” (from Responsibilities and Other Poems, 1916)
  • “The Magi” (from Responsibilities and Other Poems, 1916)
  • “The Wild Swans at Coole” (1919)
  • An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” (from The Wild Swans at Coole, 1919)
  • “On Being Asked for a War Poem” (from The Wild Swans at Coole, 1919)
  • A Prayer on Going into My House” (from The Wild Swans at Coole, 1919)
  • “The Second Coming” (first published in The Dial, 1920, then included in Michael Robartes and the Dancer, 1921)
  • “Easter, 1916” (from Michael Robartes and the Dancer, 1921)
  • “A Prayer for My Daughter” (from Michael Robartes and the Dancer, 1921)
  • Sailing To Byzantium” (from The Tower, 1928)
  • “A Prayer for My Son” (from The Tower, 1928)
  • Leda and the Swan” (from The Tower, 1928)
  • “Among School Children” (from The Tower, 1928)
  • Under Ben Bulben” (1939)