William Butler Yeats
(1865-1939)

Died aged 73

William Butler Yeats (/ˈjeɪts/; 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped the foundation of the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms and was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others. He was born in Sandymount, Ireland and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display Yeats's debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, Yeats's poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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William Butler Yeats 1865-1939 Irish poet and dramatist lived here

23 Fitzroy Road, Camden, NW1, London, United Kingdom where they lived

W. B. Yeats 1865 - 1939 poet lived here in 1921 Michael Butler Yeats 1921 - 2007 Irish Senator born here

42 High Street, Thame, United Kingdom where they was

Senator William Butler Yeats 1965 - 1939 poet & playwright lived here 1922 - 1928

82 Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland where they lived

William Butler Yeats Irish poet and dramatist lived in this house then known as 18 Woburn Buildings from 1895 to 1919.

5 Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury, WC1H 0JJ, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Balscadden House. W. B. Yeats poet lived here 1880 -1883 "I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams"

Balscadden House, Balscadden Road, Howth, Dublin, Ireland where they lived

Birthplace of William Butler Yeats poet dramatist author June 13 1865

5 Sandymount Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland where they lived

John Butler Yeats 1939-1922 artist W. B. Yeats 1865-1939 poet Jack B. Yeats 1871-1957 artist lived here

3 Blenheim Road, Chiswick, W4, London, United Kingdom where they lived

I, the poet William Yeats, with old mill boards and sea-green slates, and smithy work from the Gort forge, restored this tower for my wife George; and may these characters remain when all is ruin once again.

Thoor Ballylee castle, off the N66 road north of the village, Gort, Ireland where they lived (1921-1929), restored this tower for his wife Georgie (1916-1921), and restored (1916-1921)

The Leeds Arts Club. A highly influential forum for the avant-garde in politics, philosophy, art and literature met here from 1908. Ground-breaking exhibitions included the 1913 Post-Impressionist show and Cubist and Futurist Art in 1914. Famous Speakers included G. B. Shaw and W. B. Yeats. 1903-1923

8, Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, United Kingdom where they spoke

W. B. Yeats Poet and Statesman Lived here 1918-1919

96 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland where they lived (1918-1919)

William Butler Yeats Nobel Prize Winner Lived and died here 1938-1939

188 Avenue Virginie Herriot, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France where they lived (1838-1839) and died (1939)