William B Yeats was born in Ireland on the 13th of June 1865. He played a role in sharing English literature and is known for his work as a poet and a playwright. His famous works included The Wild Swans at Coole; The Winding Stair and Other Poems, as well as The Tower. He also played a hand in the founding of the Irish Theatre, later known as Abbey Theatre, and shared chief playwright duties with John Synge who would join the theatre later. He was also a Nobel Prize winner for his dramatically charge poetry.
Early Childhood and Work Influences
William Butler Yeats was born as the son of a famous Irish portrait painter and lawyer, John Butler Yeats. He was one of four siblings, whom also included famous Olympic medallist and painter, Jack Butler Yeats. Their family was very inspired by their Anglo-Irish heritage and William B. Yeats was part of Protestants that had played a role from the end of the 17th century, in controlling the economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of Ireland. Although W.B. Yeats prided himself on his English descent, he was also proud of his Irish nationality and ensured that his playwrights and poems included the culture.
His Most Successful and Memorable Work
William Butler Yeats success as a poet and playwright is mainly said to come from his willingness to constantly evolve his work. His first publication in 1885, in the Dublin University Review, would contain signs of his interests in poetry and works of the occult. Although this interest would lead him to many places to learn of new ways to better express his views and sentiments of life, he always made sure to create his themes around Irish legends, ballads and folklore. This would lead him to come up with The Countess Kathleen, Cathleen ni Houlihan and also The Wing among the Reeds.