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William Butler Yeats

Irish poet and playwright

1865   -   1939

movement: Symbolism
country of citizenship: Ireland, Irish Free State
native language: English
educated at: National College of Art and Design
occupation: poet, playwright, writer, politician, mystic, astrologer
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, Goethe Plaque of the City of Frankfurt, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
position held: senator of Ireland

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as a Senator of the Irish Free State for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others. Yeats was born in Sandymount, Ireland and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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works

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The Resurrection

short prose play by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

The Second Coming

poem composed by Irish poet W. B. Yeats in 1919

author: William Butler Yeats

1919

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

1919 poem written by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

1919

At the Hawk's Well

play by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

In the Seven Woods

book by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

Michael Robartes and the Dancer

book by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

1921

Mosada

play written by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

Politics

poem by William Butler Yeats

author: William Butler Yeats

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