I went out to the Hazel Wood...

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    This restful spot is Hazelwood, near Sligo Town, inspiration for The Song of Wandering Aengus by W.B. Yeats:
    "I went out to the hazel wood,
    Because a fire was in my head,
    And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
    And hooked a berry to a thread."

    Date: Circa 1890

    NLI Ref.: L_ROY_03292

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    1. swordscookie 38 months ago | reply

      I love this one, such a tranquil scene and so very atmospheric. The two waiting to go out fishing, the long well constructed rowing boats their rowlocks standing out clearly and refelectd in the still water, the little steam pinnace all covered up for the weather and the clarity of the whole thing? This is outstanding! I was wondering if the shade above the stack on the steam boat was early smoke but it is in fact nicely situated weed in the background! Another beauty NLI, so very well chosen to begin our day with!

    2. Yaroslav Gerzhedovich 38 months ago | reply

      Splendor of horizontal lines...

    3. Sarah K Mc 38 months ago | reply

      I wonder is the island behind the Lake Isle of Inishfree? :)

    4. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 38 months ago | reply

      Well it's on Lough Gill somewhere...

    5. mcwidi_2 38 months ago | reply

      Beauty and peace !

    6. Gerard Knight 38 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image

    7. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 38 months ago | reply

      Thank you both! Good to start a new year in tranquil fashion...

    8. Nick Stewart2 38 months ago | reply

      Stunning for such an old image.

    9. Infonomx.com (www.infonomx.com) 38 months ago | reply

      Someone as prominent as Yeats is deserving of an update to his inspiration, so I give you:

      which I hope meets with your approval.

    10. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 38 months ago | reply

      Absolutely! And have we inherited a migrant from the Library of Congress as well (the chap off in the distance)?

    11. Infonomx.com (www.infonomx.com) 38 months ago | reply

      Yes, the migrant, and to your credit that you have recognized such, since no other has. Here is the original that you are no doubt familiar:

    12. Robin Grotke 38 months ago | reply

      What a lovely image!

    13. G Luff 38 months ago | reply

      such a great shot.

    14. Kellyjames79 38 months ago | reply


    15. Spidra Webster 37 months ago | reply

      A heavily Irish neighborhood in Pittsburgh where my grandfather grew up was/is called Hazelwood. I wonder if this was the inspiration?

    16. Oscar the emigrant 37 months ago | reply

      Looks like quite an unusual boat second from front there, staggered oarlocks on her. Have never seen that before ... esp considering the one in the immediate foreground is very similar but hasn't got it's oarlocks staggered?

    17. luck52 18 months ago | reply

      beautiful "punto boat"...beautiful photo

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