The Cranberries singer and songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away earlier this year, became part of an age-old tradition involving Irish poets: when they speak, the world turns its head to listen. In fact, the band’s 1994 album No Need to Argue even included a shout-out to W.B. Yeats, quoting his poem No Second Troy in their song Yeats’ Grave:
Why should I blame her that she filled my daysMore: Signature Reads
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
Had they but courage equal to desire?