Yeats – William Butler

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Irish Poet (Nobel Prize Winner) Yeats2 Yeats

YEATS: William Butler – 1865-1939

Born: 13 June 1865, Sandmount (Dublin), Republic of Ireland
Died: 28 January, 1939, Menton, France

Brief biolgraphy

Yeats was one of the few poets whose greatest works were written after he was awarded the Nobel Prize. Yeats fell in love with a woman who later married (then divorced) John MacBride who Yeats intensely disliked. Yeats later married a woman whose fascination with the esoteric matched his own. Much of his work is based on Irish folklore. In a bizarre twist, when Yeats’ body was moved from France where he died, to Ireland, the son of MacBride oversaw the operation.


”I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal…. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.”

Selected Bibliography
Yeats wrote over 400 poems

Poetry (* Famous poems)

* When You Are Old: When you are old and full of sleep
* A Drinking Song: Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye
* An Irish Airman Foresees His Death: I know I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate
* Youth and Age: Much did I rage when young being by the world oppressed
* A Crazed Girl: That crazed girl improvising her music. Her poetry, dancing upon the shore


The Celtic Twilight

Short stories

The Crucifixion Of The Outcast
The Curse Of The Fires And Of The Shadows
The Death Of Hanrahan
Hanrahan’s Vision
Red Hanrahan’s Curse
Heart Of The Spring, The
The Old Men Of The Twilight
Out of The Rose
The Twisting Of The Rope
Where There Is Nothing, There Is God


The Countess Cathleen
The Dreaming Of The Bones
The Green Helmet; An Heroic Farce
The Hour Glass
The Land Of Heart’s Desire
The Unicorn from the Stars


Ideas from Good and Evil
Forgotten Tales of Long Ago