William Butler Yeats

The Poetry foundation website produces a very good and insightful article into the life of William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) writing about his own personal conflicts and ideological contradictions in order to engage the full complexity of his life.
The article goes on to discuss “On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Yeats’s birth, the editors celebrate the man and the myth by looking back at his long and varied career, with samples from our poetry archive, with thoughts on his romantic beginnings, the era of Irish Folklore and Revivalism and the third stage in his writing which they term “A Dramatic Shift” looking at the different approach to his Romanticism writing.

Of course Yeats didn’t just write about love and romantic topics. He also looked at the rise of Irish nationalism through poems such as Easter, but tempers this through others such as An Irish airman foresees his death.

Regardless of his regrets about getting old, Yeats kept on composing and distribute at a surprising pace in his 60s and 70s and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. At the time of his death in 1939, Yeats was not only a national favourite in Ireland but also a major literary figure around the world.