W.B. Yeats


Born
in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland
June 13, 1865

Died
January 28, 1939

Genre

Influences


William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, serving as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." He was the first Irishman so honored. Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after b ...more

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
W.B. Yeats

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
W.B. Yeats

“For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.”
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