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(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

William Butler Yeats
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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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  • ''Eyes spiritualised by death can judge,
    I cannot, but I am not content.''
    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Are You Content?"
  • ''O cloud-pale eyelids, dream-dimmed eyes,
    The poets labouring all their days
    To build a perfect beauty in rhyme
    Are overthrown by a woman's gaze....''
    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "He Tells of the Perfect Beauty."
  • ''"Old lovers yet may have
    All that time denied
    Grave is heaped on grave
    That they be satisfied
    Over the blackened earth
    The old troops parade...."''
    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Mohini Chatterjee."
  • '''I have cap and bells,' he pondered,
    'I will send them to her and die';
    And when the morning whitened
    He left them where she went by.''
    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...
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  • Jack Growden (11/1/2013 1:00:00 AM)

    Brilliant poet! ! The greatest of his era in my opinion.

  • Dan Prichard (6/13/2012 3:11:00 AM)

    We made this short film, inspired by Yeats' 'When you are old and grey', here: http: // v=qyDEEQoVqjY&feature=plcp The film explores the power of poetry and the experience of first love, using Yeats' work as its text. Hope you enjoy.

  • Barbara Nixon (4/12/2012 12:55:00 PM)

    William Butler Yeats is my favourite poet, he captures a mystique and depth in his poetry that touches my soul.

  • Sacheeka Benaragama (2/11/2012 10:52:00 PM)

    these poems are very good for childre like us

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