Article abstract: Yeats transformed himself from a minor late Romantic poet into the complex artist who became the greatest poet of the twentieth century.
William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, near Dublin in 1865. His father was an unsuccessful painter who encouraged his son to pursue a life in the arts. William attempted to follow his father and attended art school in Dublin for a short while. He disliked the form of instruction, however, and found that his talents lay in poetry rather than painting. Yeats’s roots were in Ireland,...
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