The Irish poet, dramatist and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) is considered to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His early style was lyrical and romantic with a focus on Irish folklore and myth.
Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, is a poem of Yeats’ early period which was published in his third volume of poetry, The Wind Among the Reeds (1899). Consisting of only eight lines, this poem is one of the poet’s most popular works. Its simplicity, directness and honesty has attracted many composers to set this text to music.