William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a leader of the Celtic revival and a founder of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
His early work was romantic and lyrical, as in the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" and plays The Countess Cathleen in 1892 and The Land of Heart's Desire in 1894. His later books of poetry include The Wild Swans at Cook in 1917 and The Winding Stair in 1929. He was a senator of the Irish Free State 1922-1928. He won the Nobel prize in 1923.
Yeats was born in Dublin. His early poetry, such as The Wind Among the Reeds in 1899, is romantically and exotically lyrical, and he drew on Irish legend for his poetic plays, including Deirdre in 1907, but broke through to a new sharply resilient style with Responsibilities in 1914.
In his personal li
fe there was also a break: the beautiful Maude Gonne, to whom many of his poems had been addressed, refused to marry him, and in 1917 he married Georgie Hyde-Lees, whose work as a medium reinforced his leanings towards mystic symbolism, as in the prose work A Vision 1925 and 1937.
His later volumes of verse include The Tower in 1928 and Last Poems and Two Plays in 1939. His other prose works include Autobiographies in 1926, Dramatis Personae in 1936, Letters in 1954, and My Theologies in 1959.
Why is W. B. Yeats famous?
W. B. Yeats was a famous Irish poet, born in Dublin.