William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats
An Irish poet, dramatist and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature, William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, yet it was County Sligo that he called his "country of the heart." His works draw heavily on Irish mythology, history, mysticism and spiritualism. In 1892, he wrote, "The mystical life is the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write."

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.

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