William Butler Yeats Essay

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William Butler Yeats

- An Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer
- Known for having intellectual and often obsucure poetry works
- Quoted to be “one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century”
- Even Received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923 o What was most recognizable about that fact is that he is famous for his lyrical poetic works that came after the prize

- Yeats war born in 1865 in Dublin

Yeats's childhood was broad in education and personal experiences. Yeats became a youth full of emotional contradictions. Spiritually, educationally,
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- time spent in college and much emotional growth and change o Prompted his discovery of Ireland as a literary subject and his commitment to the cause of Irish national identity o He sought in his writing to create a fresh tradition and a unique style. He attempted to create a literature that was Irish in subject matter and tone.
- 1910, Yeats's dramatic art took a sharp turn toward a highly poetical and mysterious style.
- His later plays were written for small audiences; they experimented with masks, dance, and music, and were profoundly influenced by the Japanese Noh plays. Although a convinced patriot, Yeats deplored the hatred and the bigotry of the Nationalist movement, and his poetry is full of moving protests against it
His recurrent themes are the contrast of art and life, masks, cyclical theories of life and the ideal of beauty and ceremony contrasting with the chaos of modern life.
Yeats had the unique ability to take fantasy,
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