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English 202 - William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Born in Ireland raised in rural Ireland and in London, England Protestant, land-owning aristocracy Interested in establishing Irish national culture and identity o in London in 1890s, founded Irish Literary Society o considered part of “Celtic Revival” of turn-of-the-century era Irish nationalism and independence o political struggles between Britain and Ireland from turn of the century onward o Irish Free State established in 1921 o efforts to establish Irish national culture through recovery of Irish myth and folklore, and the creation and celebration of new works by Irish artists and authors Yeats and Modernism Later poems use ideas and images from various times and sources Critiqued a tire, oppressive English society Put forth Irish tradition as site of cultural value (differs from other prominent Modernist poets, like T. S. Eliot) Yeats as postcolonial author
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