William Butler Yeats

Died aged 73

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist, writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and became a pillar of the Irish literary establishment who helped to found the Abbey Theatre. In his later years he served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. A Protestant of Anglo-Irish descent, Yeats was born in Sandymount and was educated in Dublin and London and spent childhood holidays in County Sligo. He 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, lasting roughly from his student days at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900 his poetry grew more physical, realistic and politicised. He moved away from the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with some elements including cyclical theories of life. He had become the chief playwright for the Irish Literary Theatre in 1897, and early on promoted younger poets such as Ezra Pound. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. His major later works include 1928's The Tower and Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems, published in 1932.

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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)