15 March 2011

W.B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the most popular figures of 20th century literature among pro-Irish Americans.
Yeats's long and prosperous career was crowned in 1923 by the Nobel Prize “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Amongst his most famous works are ‘Easter 1916’, ‘The Second Coming’ and ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. Besides being a poet, he also composed 26 plays, the most notable being ‘The Land of Heart's Desire’ (1894), ‘The Shadowy Waters’ (1900), ‘Cathleen in Houlihan’ (1902), ‘Deirdre’ (1907), ‘At The Hawk's Well’ (1916), ‘Calvary’ (1921), ‘The Cat and the Moon’ (1924), as well as the ‘The Words Upon the Window-Pane’ (1934). As a visionary artist, Yeats presented his rather ambiguous views in all of his writings.

“Dublin is a city full of humour, Dublin is a city full of wit. Dublin is a city full of buskers, playing old Waterboys hits.”

Vanessa Oliveira, 1114

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