(Not everyone is familiar with the Yeats sculpture in his Sligo hometown and much about Yeats is still not generally known or understood. The following two poems address that. For other Yeats and Irish poetry related material on this blog see below after the Notes)
THE YEATS BRONZE
Poet of Erin, mystic, seer,
Once out of life you did not take
Your form from any natural shape 
Byzantium’s bronze and smithy’s art
Were put to work as gongs still
Tolled and heavily for another soul
Crossed over its tormented sea. 
And thus a transformation could begin
So terrible beauty might be born.
One of two arms was wholly lost,
Your legs grew Daddy-long-legs long
Your noble head and large became
More like a smaller serpent’s crown
Atop a torso bent and spread
And curved and also wide as though
A lettered cobra would shoot forth 
Before a house of Paudeen’s pence 
To challenge crass materialism
Or even prod dull Ulster into song…
If such were possible from between
The narrow lips not frozen quite to fangs
Upon this mask of an inhuman shade,
Near relative to the serpent’s clan 
Still all a-twist within the turning gyres
Of ages, life and death and knowledge of
The Lucifer’s future son. Who’s like
To God if following your magic name
It’s good and evil are the same. 
So…all visitors and devotees beware,
And noble Horseman (if you still exist)
Pass by and soon, where not a cross
Offends memorials nor any pagan soil
On which may drive the reckless motorist
Prone to crash  or Hades worms make way
Through western winding mummy cloths. 
A YEATS SONNET FOR 2015
At once a nation’s father and its child
Through verse and essay, drama, myth
You spoke and wrote, recorded and restyled
A people’s soul made safe against the scythe
Of time well fortified by dream and vision.
And yet you were distracted half your life
By women, two quite to the devil given 
Another, prey to spirits, was your wife.
But then your magic wish and ritual
Was for a new messiah and holy land
To arise from Erin, not from Israel. 
That dawn proved difficult to command.
With age you grew resigned to mask and bluff.
You were great, but not quite great enough.
NOTES FOR THE YEATS BRONZE
 “Once out of nature I shall never take/My bodily form from any natural thing, Sailing to Byzantium
 “That dolphin torn, that gong tormented sea”. Byzantium The idea is that in the mythic, archetypal, spiritual Byzantium a gong announces the transition of each new soul to the other side.
 Yeats’ hood like torso has words from his poems inscribed across it.
 “A House of Paudeen’s Pence” – a bank. The reference is to words of the first two lines of To a Wealthy Man Who Promised a Subscription to The Dublin Municipal Gallery if it were proved the People Wanted Pictures. The Yeats bronze by Rowan Gillespie stands in front of a Sligo Bank.
 The Sligo bank happens to be the Ulster Bank as though the sculpture was challenging lack of Ulster colour and patriotic attachment to greater Ireland.
 Serpent’s clan – a bit severe but it’s an odd that a) in Yeats’ much consulted horoscope a modern reading shows his Mars conjunct Viper and Mars rules sculpture and sculpture has rendered him serpentine if not quite a viper and b) since anyway Mars is also sex connected for especially males, Yeats’ attempt to have astral sex with Maud Gonne got stalled when she alleged he appeared to her as a snake.
 Yeats’ name in the Society of the Golden Dawn was DEDI or Demon est Deus Inversus. (God is the demon or devil inverted). This reflected his belief in the need for the coming age of the child of the Mother by Set or Satan or Lucifer who unifies the opposites. Various scholars like Dionysius Psilopoulos, Yeats and the Chthonic Esoteric Tradition and Susan Johnston-Graf W.B.Yeats: A Twentieth Century Magus have stressed a hidden, darker side of Yeats’ beliefs and involvements which as in my essay Secret Yeats and the Hidden Arcana are further backed up by some unexpected, striking astrology related information. See http://bit.ly/1jt9zOH
 Yeats’ valedictory Under Ben Bulben poem tells the horseman to pass by and refuses any conventional religious phrase to be associated with his churchyard grave which has no cross either. His sympathies were sufficiently pagan or anti-Christian for the local bishop to have doubts whether he should have a Christian burial, “Prone to crash”. In 2005 a car crashed into the first version of the sculpture.
 “Shade more than man, more image than a shade:/
For Hades’ bobbin bound in mummy-cloth” Yeats’ Byzantium. The mummy cloth imagery is thought to be associated with western religious iconography especially the tradition of St Veronica’s napkin. Yeats’ Byzantium imagery owes more to impressions of Sicily’s the late Byzantine art than the Byzantium/Istanbul region as such.
NOTES FOR A YEATS SONNET IN 2015
 Yeats was life long obsessed with Maud Gonne who admitted to selling her soul to the devil in her youth while his first mistress, Olivia Shakespear, “hated Christ like the devil” according to Ezra Pound, while according to the poet-mystic AE she lived in rooms populated by yellow devils that intimidated him.
 Yeats, a magician of The Society of the Golden Dawn, performed rituals to return the gods to Ireland and make it the new holy land. His anti Christian position is well represented by the play The Resurrection.
OTHER BLOG FEATURES RELATED TO YEATS AND IRISH POETRY
Why Ireland Needs Yeats 2015 and More http://goo.gl/T3AUV9
Secret Yeats and the Hidden Arcana http://bit.ly/1jt9zOH
Under Parnassus: An Under Ben Bulben Variation http://bit.ly/1wdsnwa
Judas Stopped at Dublin: A Poem of Spiritual Pollution and Ablution for 2015 http://goo.gl/HZZPU2
Remembering Seamus Heaney http://bit.ly/1bcMbRf
Kevin Kiely Against the Seamus Heaney Cult http://bit.ly/1nkNoNd
POETRY ON MCCLEARY’S ALTERNATIVES and MCCLEARY’S ADDITIONS
There is now a wide range of poetry on these blogs but note that also available in You Tube video is
Coming To Syracuse, a mini epic recorded in 6 parts beginning here : http://goo.gl/49wJww