William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered ... more »
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- When You Are Old
- He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
- A Crazed Girl
- A Drinking Song
- A Coat
- The Second Coming
- A Faery Song
- A Dream Of Death
- Sailing To Byzantium
- The Lake Isle Of Innisfree
- A Dialogue Of Self And Soul
- An Irish Airman Forsees His Death
- A Deep-Sworn Vow
- Brown Penny
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''Eyes spiritualised by death can judge,William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Are You Content?"
I cannot, but I am not content.''
''O cloud-pale eyelids, dream-dimmed eyes,William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "He Tells of the Perfect Beauty."
The poets labouring all their days
To build a perfect beauty in rhyme
Are overthrown by a woman's gaze....''
''"Old lovers yet may haveWilliam Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Mohini Chatterjee."
All that time denied
Grave is heaped on grave
That they be satisfied
Over the blackened earth
The old troops parade...."''
'''I have cap and bells,' he pondered,William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Cap and Bells (l. 21-24). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989...
'I will send them to her and die';
And when the morning whitened
He left them where she went by.''
''Pale brows, still hands and dim hair,William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Lover Mourns for the Loss of Love."
I had a beautiful friend
And dreamed that the old despair
Would end in love in the end....''
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