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1 William Butler Yeats Irish Author and Poet Picture found:

2 His Life Born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland Father was a well-known portrait artist Mother was from a wealthy family Had two sisters, Susan Mary and Elizabeth Corbet and a brother, Jack Butler Father moved the family to London when William was two

3 His Life Attended Godolphin School while in London Family moved back to Dublin and attended Erasmus Smith High School In 1884, began school at Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin for two years Involved with the Irish Literary Theatre that was founded in 1899 Became the Abbey Theatre in 1904

4 His Life The Abbey Theatre (The National Theatre of Ireland) opened in December of 1904 Chief playwright for the Abbey Theatre Married Georgie Hyde Lees on October 20, 1917 Had two children, a daughter, Anne (1919) and a son, Michael (1921) Received an Honorary degree from Trinity College in 1922

5 His Life Elected to the Irish Senate in 1922, serving for six years Resigned due to health issues Received the Nobel Prize for Literature in December of 1923 Began radio broadcasts in 1933 for the BBC Spent most of his life divided between Sligo, Dublin and London Died at the age of 73 on January 28, 1939 in France

6 Introduction to Literature His mother was first to share with him the Irish folktales that he grew to love Read Dante, Shakespeare, and Donne at a young age

7 Major Influences Inspired by many great authors and poets including: Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, William Blake, and Percy Shelly Greatest influences were probably Irish poets Standish James O’Grady and Sir William Ferguson

8 Writing Style As a patriot, he spoke out about the severe Nationalist policies of the time Early works of drama show his love for Irish legends, history, and myths Later plays are more poetic and experimental Wrote poetry about nature and his homeland, Ireland Wrote poetry, plays, short-stories, non-fiction, and fiction

9 List of His Works Fiction The Celtic Twilight Non-Fiction Four Years Plays The Countess Cathleen The Hour Glass The Land Of Heart's Desire Short Stories Of Costello the Proud Out of the Rose Rosa Alchemica Stories of Red Hanrahan Synge And The Ireland Of His Time The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows The Heart of the Spring The Old Men of the Twilight Where There is Nothing, There is God

10 Poetry Aedh Wishes For The Clothes Of Heaven Against Unworthy Praise Baile And Aillinn Broken Dreams A Prayer For My Daughter Easter, 1916 He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven Her Praise In the Seven Woods King And No King Lapis Lazuli Leda And The Swan No Second Troy O Do Not Love Too Long Politics Sailing to Byzantium Swift's Epitaph The Arrow The Black Tower The Crucifixion Of The Outcast The Dolls The Everlasting Voices The Fish The Harp of Aengus The Host Of The Air The Hosting Of The Sidhe The Lake Isle Of Innisfree The Lover Tells Of The Rose In His Heart The Mask The Moods The Old Age Of Queen Maeve The Rose Tree The Second Coming The Secret Rose The Seven Sages The Shadowy Waters The Song of the Happy Shepherd The Stolen Child The Three Beggars The Tower The Two Trees The Wheel The Wild Swans At Coole The Wisdom Of The King To A Young Beauty To A Young Girl To The Rose Upon The Rood Of Time Towards Break Of Day What Was Lost When You Are Old

11 Yeats and O’Casey Both were strong, central figures in the Irish Literary Movement that aimed to keep Irish culture alive through literature and the theatre Yeats, working with the Abbey theatre, gave O’Casey, along with other Irish playwrights, a place to showcase his plays that have since become famous

12 Sources “William Butler Yeats.” Online-Literature.com Jalic Inc. 7 Feb Fort, Alice B. and Herbert S. Kates. Minute History of the Drama. New York: Grosset and Dunlap,


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