William Butler Yeats: Background - William Butler Yeats Background \u25cf Born to an Anglo-Irish family in dublin \u25cf His father abandoned law to take up

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William Butler Yeats: Background Born to an Anglo-Irish family in dublin His father abandoned law to take up painting, made a precarious living His mother came from the Pollexfen family that lived near Sligo, West Ireland This is where yeats spent much of his childhood The family moved to London in 1874, then returned in 1880 Where did Yeats spend most of his childhood? Yeats went to highschool then art school He left to concentrate on poetry Yeat’s father was a religious skeptic, but believed in “the religion of art” What profession did Yeats father take up after he abandoned law? What was Yeat’s father’s religion? And how did this affect Yeat’s? Yeats was religious by association, but did not believe the same, which led him to a search for the rest of his life to compensate for his lost religion This search led him to various kinds of mysticism, folklore, theosophy, spiritualism, and neoplatonism. Where did Yeat’s search due to his lost religion lead him? And what kind of new religion came out of it? He claimed to have made “a new religion, almost infallible church of poetic tradition.” What three places did Yeats spend his childhood and young adulthood, and in what ways did this affect his poetic development? Yeats spent most of his childhood and young adulthood in Dublin, London, and Sligo In London in the 1890’s he met the important poets of the day, founded the irish nationalism literary society, and acquired late romantic,pre-raphaelite ideas of poetry:he believed, in this early stage of his career, that a poets language should be dreamy,evocative and the real. From the countryside around Sligo he gained a knowledge of the life of the pleasantries and of their folklore. In Dublin, he founded the national literary society, he was influenced by irish nationalism and although often disagreeing with those who wished to use literature for political ends, he nevertheless came to see his poetry as contributing to the rejuvenation of irish culture.

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