The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. As stated in an online source, “he belonged to the protestant, Anglo-Irish minority. Yeats was not a set person, in his earlier life he lived in London. Also, Yeats had a very interesting love life as a poet. It is very clear that he was an explanatory poet. Ones objective of this paper is to identify and discuss the significance of William Butler Yeats. However, the minority Yeats belonged to belonged to the Protestant, Anglo-Irish minority that had controlled the economic, political, social, and cultural life of Ireland since at least the end of the seventeenth century. Most members of this minority considered themselves English people who merely happened to have been born in Ireland (The World Book Encyclopedia World Book, Inc.) Although he lived in London for fourteen years of his childhood, Yeats maintained his cultural roots. He was very confidential with himself as an artist. This conviction led many to accuse him of elitism, but it also help contributed to his greatness.
Eighteen eighty-five was an important year in Yeats' early adult life, marking the first publication, in the Dublin University Review. It was also the year that he met John O'Leary, a famous patriot who had returned to Ireland after totaling twenty years of imprisonment and exile for revolutionary nationalistic activities. Yeats, who had preferred more romantic settings and themes, soon took O'Leary's

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