an incredible experience.
Towards the end of his life, Yeats became a Senator of the Irish Free State and chaired the committee that designed the old Irish coins . He obtained honorary degrees from Queen's University College, Belfast and University College, Dublin and won a Nobel Prize for Literature. He created an organisation called the Irish Academy of Letters and from the late 1920s to his death spent winters in Italy and France due to ill health [Yeats was suffering from congestion of the lungs . ] .
Yeats died on 28 January, 1939 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France . At first he lay buried there but in 1948 his body was exhumed and moved to Drumcliff churchyard, County Sligo, Ireland according to his wishes of lying 'under bare Ben Bulben's head in Drumcliff churchyard'. The epitaph on his gravestone reads:
Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by.