William B. Yeats

1865 - 1939

Irish poet, who wrote pieces of simple style related to pagan mythology. Chief proponent of the Irish Renaissance movement.

William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, the son of a famed Irish painter. His simple, clear and direct verse is some of the most influential of the 20th century.

The subject matter of many of Yeats' poetry is related to pagan Irish beliefs; he was an expert in
the occult of both Irish and Eastern spirituality.

In his later life, Yeats became increasingly involved in the Irish Renaissance, and became one of its chief proponents. Many of his works relate to this movement. He later Senate of the new Irish Free State.

Yeats received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923.


An enemy of consequence -- analysis of william yeats' "the lamentation of the old pensioner"

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Symbolism in Yeats' poetry -- The notion of symbolism in (sailing to byzantium + byzantium +the second coming )

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Unrequited Love -- W.B. Yeats' relationship to Maud Gonne illustrated in his poetry.

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W. B. Yeats and the Murder of Honor Bright -- W. B. Yeats' mistress and his illegitimate son, written by his granddaughter.

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