A master of traditional forms in a land of Modernist poets, Yeats reigned as a pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments and was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and a founding member of the Abbey Theatre. Later in life, he served as an Irish senator for two terms. Yeats was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature for "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." He was the first Irishman so honored, notably in the year following Irish independence.
What Bono learned from Yeats