W. B. Yeats

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Family

William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin. His father, John Butler Yeats, was a lawyer turned painter. In 1867 the family followed him to London and settled in Bedford Park. In 1881 they returned to Dublin. His mother, Susan Mary Pollexfen, came from a wealthy merchant family in the county town Sligo, County Sligo, who owned a milling and shipping business.

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Family
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Studies

Yeats studied at the Metropolitan School of Art. Reincarnation, communication with the dead, mediums, supernatural systems and Oriental mysticism fascinated Yeats through his life. As a writer Yeats made his debut in 1885, when he published his first poems in The Dublin University Review. Image Courtesy: www.julia-chandler.co.uk

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Studies
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Theosophical Occultist

In 1887 the family returned to Bedford Park, and Yeats devoted himself to writing. He visited Madame Blavatsky, the famous occultist, and joined the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society, but was later asked to resign. Image Courtesy: theosophywatch.files.wordpress.com

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Theosophical Occultist
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Maud Gonne

In 1889 Yeats met his great love, Maud Gonne, an actress and Irish revolutionary who became a major landmark in his life and imagination. However, she married Major John MacBride in 1903. She was the inspiration for Yeats's poems especially "No Second Troy". Image Courtesy: media-2.web.britannica.com

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Maud Gonne
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Fairy & Folk tale

Yeats was interested in folktales as a part of an exploration of national heritage and for the revival of Celtic identity. His study with George Russell and Douglas Hyde of Irish legends and tales was published in 1888 under the title Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry. He assembled a less detailed version for children. Image Courtesy: www.maggs.com

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Fairy & Folk tale
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Irish Literary Society

In 1896 Yeats returned to live permanently in his home country. He reformed the Irish Literary Society. In 1897 he met Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory, with whom he founded the Irish Literary Theatre. Yeats worked as a director of the theatre to the end of his life, writing several plays. His most famous dramas were Cathleen Ni Houlihan (1902) and The Land Of Heart's Desire (1894). Image Courtesy: www.biography.com

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Irish Literary Society
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A Vision

In early 1917 Yeats bought Thoor Ballyle, a derelict Norman stone tower near Coole Park. After restoring it, the tower became his summer home and a central symbol in his later poetry. In 1917 he married Georgie Hyde Lee. Yeats's wife demonstrated her gift for automatic writing. Their collaborative notebook formed the basis of A Vision (1925), a book of marriage therapy spiced with occultism. Image Courtesy: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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A Vision
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Final Works

In 1932 Yeats founded the Irish Academy of Letters. In his final years Yeats worked on the last version of 'A Vision', which attempted to present a theory of the variation of human personality. Image Courtesy: www.dbr.nu

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Rememberance

Yeats died on January 28, 1939 at the Hotel Ideal Sejour, in Menton, France. In September 1948, Yeats' body was moved to Drumcliffe, County Sligo. Image Courtesy: 4.bp.blogspot.com

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Rememberance
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