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Nobel-Prize-winning poet, WB Yeats, though inspired by Irish legend, landscape & longing, actually spent two-thirds of his young life among the roadways & pavements grey cited in his much-loved poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, written here in Bedford Park & reflecting an exile’s urban/London experience crucial to shaping both Yeats’s (& Ireland’s) identity, & English literature.
Yeats spent most of his London family years here in Chiswick, West London, in Bedford Park, the world’s first-ever garden-suburb, whose diverse, Bohemian, artists’-colony residents, fostered the young Irish poet’s unique creative genius.
The only poet writing in English & brought up in England to win the Nobel Prize has, however, no monument in England.
Help the Artwork Project commission & install a major contemporary sculpture here in Bedford Park (the first honouring Yeats in Britain) to —
Close by we’ll have information panels on Yeats’s Bedford Park networks & connections, links to online info on WB & the talented Yeats family (artist father John Butler Yeats, brother Jack B Yeats, a major 20c painter, & sisters Lily & Lolly who founded Ireland’s craft industries), on Bedford Park itself as a social-experiment/architectural-gem, on the Arts&Crafts movement, & on the area’s many fascinating poets, painters, playwrights, publishers, philosophers, folklorists, set-designers, actors, & anarchists!
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