Wednesday, May 22

Facts about William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats.  


This week’s famous poet is William Butler Yeats. Last week’s famous poet was Pablo Neruda

William Butler Yeats was a renowned Irish poet and writer. He began writing poetry at a young age and produced over twenty-five collections of poems throughout his life. He was born in County Dublin, Ireland, to John Butler Yeats and Susan Pollexfen, and had three siblings: one brother and two sisters.


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Here is a list of some poems by William Butler Yeats: 

  • A Faery Song
  • Memory
  • Meeting
  • Friends
  • The Magi
  • A Cradle Song
  • Peace
  • Where My Books Go
  • Words
  • Under Saturn

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Quick facts about William Butler Yeats: 

1. William Butler Yeats, a renowned Irish poet and playwright, was born in County Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 1865

He died on January 23, 1939, in Roquebrune, France, at the age of seventy-three.

2. William Butler Yeats was a poet and dramatist (writer). He published over twenty-five books of poetry.

3. The following is one of William Butler Yeats’s poems:


I had this thought a while ago,

'My darling cannot understand

What I have done, or what would do

In this blind bitter land.'


And I grew weary of the sun

Until my thoughts cleared up again,

Remembering that the best I have done

Was done to make it plain;


That every year I have cried, 'At length

My darling understands it all,

Because I have come into my strength,

And words obey my call';


That had she done so who can say

What would have shaken from the sieve?

I might have thrown poor words away

And been content to live.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Did you know William Butler Yeats began writing poetry when he was fourteen? In 1885, his first poems were published in the Dublin University Review.

5. In 1881, Yeats started attending Erasmus Smith High School. In 1877, Yeats began his education at Godolphin School and completed his studies four years later. Despite facing challenges such as being tone-deaf and having dyslexia, he persevered and worked hard to earn his graduation.

6. William Butler Yeats' three siblings:

  • Susan Mary Yeats (Lily) (1866-1949)
  • Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Lolly) (1868-1940)
  • Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957)

7. In 1917, the renowned poet William Butler Yeats tied the knot with Georgie Hyde-Lees, and the couple was blessed with two children.


  • Anne Butler Yeats (1919-2001)
  • Michael Butler Yeats (1921-2007)

8. William Butler Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, a well-deserved recognition of his exceptional literary talent. This prestigious honor significantly boosted the sales of his poetry books, introducing his work to a broader audience and solidifying his reputation as a celebrated poet.

9. In 1899, the renowned poet William Butler Yeats and his close associates established the Irish Literary Theatre, marking a significant milestone in the rich tapestry of Irish literary history.



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Books about William Butler Yeats: 

  1. Eleven Plays of William Butler Yeats by William Butler Yeats
  2. Poems Collection I William Butler Yeats by William Butler Yeats

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