Biography of William Bulter Yeats
Butler Yeats was born in 1865 in Dublin, Ireland.
He was the son of a well-known Irish painter, John Bulter Yeats.
He was sent to study painting at the age of 15 in Dublin, but he soon
discovered that he preferred poetry to painting.
He was profoundly influenced
by Irish mythology and folklore in his writing, especially during his early
As he became more deeply involved in Irish politics, his prose became
more pessimistic than before.
At the same time he was also extremely influenced by the work of American
poets T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
Although his work became more modern in its imagery through the influence
of these American writers, Yeats never strayed from his traditional form.
His love of mysticism and Irish tradition never faltered in his poetry,
and his work continued to improve as he grew older.
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