Group Five presents: William Butler Yeats' "The Circus Animals' Desertion." Yeats welcomes you to his memories.
The Life of William Butler Yeats:
What Makes Yeats:
Yeats' life may most easily be divided into three sections: Early Yeats (1865-1910;) Middle Yeats (1914-1921;) and Late Yeats (1921-1939.)
Early Yeats - 1865-1910:
This time in Yeats life is characterized by fantasy and imagination. These poems often tell the stories of Irish folklore and fantasy.
Middle Yeats - 1914-1921:
This was a transition time for the Great Poet. He began to be more interested in realism and the issues facing Ireland.
Late Yeats - 1921-1939:
Our poem, "The Circus Animals' Desertion," falls into this category. Yeats spent this time looking back on his life and considering his work.
Yeats, In Conclusion:
W.B. Yeats is a unique poet in that his work evolved throughout his life. The three parts of Yeats' working life are separate and distinct. It is this fact that makes Yeats even more interesting. In short, Yeats is arguably one of the greatest poets of all time. He is consistently ranked with Shakespeare and Chaucer. "The Circus Animals' Desertion" is but one example of the greatness of Yeats' work.
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