Valerie Vladianu
30 June 2015
English 1020
William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats was born June 13th, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland then moved to London. He was the son of John and Sudan Yeats and a member of the Anglo-Irish minority. After a few years, the family moved to London to allow Yeats to pursue his vocation as a painter. He first attended Godolphin School and then attended the Eramus High School. He also enrolled in the Metropolitan School of Art with poets George Russel and John Hughes. By the end of his life he came to be known as an Irish poet, dramatist and scholar.

Yeats\' early poetry shows a tendency toward aesthetic escape. He was an escapist retiring from problems, theories, and forces "relevant" to the modern world. Like every poet in English since the end of the eighteenth century, Yeats began with a Romantic use of language in his early poems. His career is seen as un-Romantic which means there is no division between sensibility and intellect.

In 1885 Yeats made his first poetry publication in Dublin University Review. It was two short lyrics. His first book was called “The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems”. In 1917, William Butler Yeats got married to Georgiana Hydeless and had a daughter named Anne and a son named Michael.
In 1923, he received a Nobel Peace Prize in Literature.

Most of his poetry resembles life and traditions. Yeats wrote mostly about personal, mythological and political concerns. His literary period is Realism. His most productive years were while he lived in County Sligo, Ireland. Yeats was greatly influenced by Maude Gonne, who he met in 1889. After she refused to marry him, they both married separate people. Yeats continued to address many of his poems to Gonne.

His most important works are “To a young girl”, “Are you content?”, “The Second Coming”, “Mosada” (1886), “The wind among the reeds” (1899), “The land of Heart\'s desire” (1894), and “The Celtic Twilight” ( 1893)
On January 28, 1939, Yeats died in Ireland.

Ross, David A. Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts On File, 2009. 28 June 2015
"William Butler Yeats." Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 29 June 2015.