William Butler Yeats – A Short Biography

20 Oct
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Many of us who are studying in-depth European poetry would surely be familiar with the name William Butler Yeats. This is due to the fact that he is one of the biggest names in poetry who is also a recipient of the much coveted Nobel Prize. It was in June 13, 1865 when he was born in one of the well-off areas of Dublin. Nothing much was being mentioned in history books about his mother but it is a very clear thing that his father worked as an attorney. His father was also a talented painter of portraits. These things that his father did apparently had a significant impact on what he would do later in life.

William’s siblings were all into art. This would also explain why there is so much influence of art of the poetry works that he was able to create. During his early years, it was very obvious that he showed a great interest in poetry. In fact, he was involved actively in London’s fin de siècle. It has been noted that during those times, he was also a part of this very intriguing society that has the ultimate aim of giving life back to the literary world of Ireland.

William Butler Yeats was able to put together the Irish Theatre with help coming from Lady Gregory. This would later become known as the Abbey Theatre. For a couple of years, Yeats acted as the playwright of this theater until the arrival of John Synge. It is very notable in the acts that Yeats was able to produce that he gave much value to spiritualism. Some of his finest masterpieces were seen in the years 1892, 1894, 1902, 1904, and 1907.

The works of Yeats took a significant transformation towards poetry in 1910. Plays that he created were mostly aimed for small numbers of viewers and there were lots of experiments on many new elements.  His early poetry works were full of emotion and antagonism towards the Nationalist Movement. His works of poetry continued until he was put on a senate chair for the government of Ireland. He received the Nobel Prize afterwards and this is for poetry that is described by many as full of inspiration.

Even though the 1923 Nobel Prize was already granted to him, he continued his works in poetry and some of his greatest masterpieces followed. The masterpiece called as “The Tower” is just one of the many examples we could see. William Butler Yeats passed away on January 28, 1939 and he left as one of the heroes of Irish poetry.


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