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Parnell's Funeral

Author: William Butler Yeats

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1. First draft.

Extent of text: 1115 words


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The poem was completed in April 1933. Lines 16–23 appeared without tile in the Dublin Magazine April–June 1932. First published as a whole on 19 October 1934 in the Spectator where the first section was entitled 'A Parnellite at Parnell's Funeral', and the second 'Forty Years Later'. The whole poem first appeared with the present title in A Full Moon in March. This information is taken from Jeffares, p. 399.


  1. W. B. Yeats, The King of the Great Clock-Tower (=A Full Moon in March) (Dublin: Cuala Press 1934)
  2. W. B. Yeats, A Full Moon in March, part 3, 'Parnell's Funeral and other Poems' (London 1935).
  3. W. B. Yeats, The King of the Great Clock-Tower, and Commentaries and Poems [Facsimile reprint of 1st edition, Dublin 1934] (Shannon: Irish University Press 1970).
  4. W. B. Yeats, 'The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats', A new edition', edited by Richard J. Finneran, 1983 [reprinted].
    Literature (selection)
  1. W. B. Yeats, The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats, consisting of Reveries over childhood and youth, The trembling of the veil, and Dramatis personae (New York 1938).
  2. Richard Ellmann, Yeats: The Man and the Masks. Corrected edition with a new preface (Oxford 1979). [First published New York 1948; reprinted London 1961.]
  3. Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats (New York: Macmillan 1957).
  4. W. B. Yeats, Essays and Introductions (New York: Macmillan 1961).
  5. W. B. Yeats, Explorations: selected by Mrs W. B. Yeats (London/New York: Macmillan 1962).
  6. Richard Ellmann, The Identity of Yeats (New York 1964).
  7. A. Norman Jeffares, A New Commentary on the Poems of W.B. Yeats (Stanford 1984).
  8. Helen Vendler, 'New Wine in Old Bottles: Yeats's 'Parnell's Funeral'', The Southern Review, Spring 1991, 399–406.
  9. Helen Vendler, Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form (Oxford/New York 2007).
  10. A bibliography is available online at the official web site of the Nobel Prize. See:
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. William Butler Yeats Parnell's Funeral in , Ed. Richard J. Finneran The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Macmillan Press, London, (1991) page 279–280


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The whole poem.

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Profile Description

Created: By William Butler Yeats (1865–1939). (April 1933)

Use of language

Language: [EN] The poem is in English.
Language: [LA] One term is in Latin.

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Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: E930001-099

Parnell's Funeral: Author: William Butler Yeats


  1. Under the Great Comedian's tomb the crowd.
    A bundle of tempestuous cloud is blown
    About the sky; where that is clear of cloud
    Brightness remains; a brighter star shoots down;
    What shudders run through all that animal blood?
    What is this sacrifice? Can someone there
    Recall the Cretan barb that pierced a star?