William Yeats : The Man And The Writer, The Irishman

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W.B. Yeats: The Man, The Writer, The Irishman.

Unlike the title might suggest Irishman didn’t ever come last to William Yeats. In fact it was a very big part of what made him who he is, what inspired his poetry and what drove his life. It is not only his identity as an Irishman that drove him, but also the state of Ireland’s independence which shaped William Yeats as a person and his works as a poet. From the very beginning until the end Yeats was Irish through and through which was never an easy burden to carry; one many chose to shrug in the face of its struggle but one Yeats embellished and influenced as much as he was influenced by it. True as Yeats himself said “being Irish had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through
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Yeats often took pride in his Irish roots unlike many, and let those same roots drive his life as much as he let them drive the content of his works from his remarkable poetic compositions to his breath taking stage productions. “The poetry of W.B. Yeats has to be reckoned with as a force which was both influenced by and deeply influenced the crystallization of the Irish ethnicity and identity” (“W.B. Yeats Poetry: Crystallizing..”). As much influence his identity played on his poetry his poetic expression of if affected the crystallization of the identity itself. Over the course of his works and of his life Yeats very much had his own impact on what the Irish identity was in itself. Extraordinarily dropping the preconceived notions of what it meant to be Irish , to speak Gallic, to be catholic, or protestant, Yeats surpassed the ideal and lived the reality accepting all that came along with being Irish: the good, the bad, and the ugly of its religion, its truth, and its history. Yeats led all this by example through his work for Ireland and its cause of independence in his life and through his written works beyond his death. “Yeats became involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland during the Victorian period, which sought to
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