Remembering WB Yeats

Did you know the inspiration for WB Yeats’ famous poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree is said to be Chiswick Eyot? He wrote the poem in Blenheim Road and it was his near neighbour, poet and editor W.E. Henley (whose soirées Yeats visited on Chiswick High Road along with J.M. Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson and G.K. Chesterton) who first published the poem in the National Observer.

It will be the 80th anniversary of Yeats’ death next Monday (28 January) and we’ve been catching up with poet, musician and critic, Cahal Dallat, who is the founder/organiser of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project marking the 19th century London artists’ colony where the Nobel-prizewinning poet/dramatist WB Yeats lived.

Read more about Yeats in Chiswick on the This is Chiswick pages.