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Dating "Easter, 1916"


"Easter, 1916" is a poem about a date and a poem around which many other dates have clustered. The first manifest most obviously in its title—in either of its iterations through its publishing history—"Easter, 1916," as it was called by Yeats in manuscript and printed version between 1917 and his death in 1939, or "Easter, 1916" as it subsequently became known in Macmillan editions from 1949 to 1984.