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W. B. Yeats

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(1865–1939) Irish poet, critic, and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Yeats was born near Dublin into a Protestant family, the son of a ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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..., W. B. ( William Butler Yeats ) ( 1865–1939 ) Irish poet and dramatist , often cited as the greatest English language poet of the 20th century. In 1904 , he and Lady Gregory founded the Abbey Theatre , Dublin, as an Irish national theatre. Yeats' plays On Baile's Strand ( 1905 ) and Cathleen Ni Houlihan ( 1902 ) were on the first bill, the latter often regarded as the beginning of the renaissance in Irish literature . His early poetry, collected in The Wanderings of Oisin, and Other Poems ( 1889 ), shows the influence of mysticism. Yeats...

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Bernard O'Donoghue

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...Speeches of W. B. Yeats , ed. D. R. Pearce ( 1960 ); Uncollected Prose by W. B. Yeats , vol. 1, ed. J. P. Frayne ( 1970 ) and vol. 2, ed. J. P. Frayne and C. Johnson ( 1975 ); Memoirs , ed. D. Donoghue ( 1972 ). See also Finneran (ed.), The Yeats Reader (Palgrave/Scribner, 1997; revd. edn., 2002). Of criticism on the poetry, the pioneering works by Richard Ellmann , Yeats: The Man and the Masks ( 1949 ) and The Identity of Yeats ( 1954 —both Macmillan) have not been superseded. But there is a huge volume of writing on Yeats; for further...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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110 words

..., W. B. ( 1865–1939 ). Dublin‐born poet , dramatist , and essayist . His early years were spent in England, where his painter father introduced him to William Morris and his circle. The Wanderings of Oisin ( 1889 ) reveals a late Romantic fired with enthusiasm for things Irish. He preferred to associate himself with the Anglo‐Irish, ‘bound neither to Cause nor to State…the people of Burke and Grattan ’. Though in England at the time of the Easter Rising , in poetry he recorded its ‘terrible beauty’. Honoured with the Nobel prize and a seat in the...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...), T. Sturge Moore ( 1953 ), and others are now being superseded by the multi-volume Collected Letters ( 1986–  ), edited by J. Kelly . The most authoritative of numerous biographical studies are J. Hone's W. B. Yeats ( 1942 ), R. Ellmann 's Yeats: The Man and the Masks ( 1948 , revised edition 1979 ), and A. N. Jeffares's W. B. Yeats: A New Biography ( 1988 ). See also symbolism...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., W. B. [ William Butler Yeats ] ( 1865–1939 ) Irish poet and dramatist Mosada ( 1886 ) Poetry The Wanderings of Oisin, and Other Poems ( 1889 ) Poetry John Sherman and Dhoya [as ‘Ganconagh’] ( 1891 ) Fiction The Countess Cathleen, and Various Legends and Lyrics ( 1892 ) Poetry The Celtic Twilight ( 1893 ) Non-Fiction The Land of Heart's Desire ( 1894 ) Poetry Drama Poems ( 1895 ) Poetry The Secret Rose ( 1897 ) Fiction The Wind Among the Reeds ( 1899 ) Poetry The Shadowy Waters ( 1900 ) Poetry Cathleen ni Hoolihan...

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John Saunders

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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..., W. B. ( 1865–1939 ) . Dublin-born poet, dramatist, and essayist. His early years were spent in England where his painter father introduced him to William Morris and his circle. The Wanderings of Oisin ( 1889 ) reveals a late Romantic fired with enthusiasm for things Irish though his relationship with the nationalists remained equivocal, too much so for his more committed first love, Maud Gonne. He preferred to associate himself with the Anglo-Irish, ‘bound neither to Cause nor to State…the people of Burke and Grattan ’. Though in England at the...

W.B. Yeats

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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Quotation
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2011
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Quotations
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723 words

...W.B. Yeats 1865 1939 Irish poet I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ (1893). According to Peter Warlock, Yeats had an aversion to having his poetry set to music (though a great deal of it has been), ‘born of his horror at being invited by a certain composer to hear a setting of his “Lake Isle of Innisfree” – a poem which voices a solitary man's desire for greater...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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Quotation
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2012
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Quotations
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460 words

...0W.B. W. B. Yeats 1865 – 1939 Irish poet Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice? ‘Easter, 1916’ (1921) Too long a sacrifice make a stone of the heart make a stone of the heart I write it out in a verse— MacDonagh and MacBride And Connolly and Pearse Now and in time to be, Wherever green is worn, Are changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. ‘Easter, 1916’ (1921) write it out in a verse Wherever green is worn changed, changed utterly Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not...

W. B. Yeats

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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Quotations
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...0W.B. W. B. Yeats 1865 – 1939 Irish poet , whose play The Countess Cathleen (1892) and his collection of stories The Celtic Twilight (1893) stimulated Ireland's theatrical, cultural, and literary revival . On Yeats: see auden O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? ‘Among School Children’ (1928) body swayed to music body swayed to music O brightening glance dancer from the dance dancer from the dance Only God, my dear, Could love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair. ‘Anne...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
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2018
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Quotations
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...0W.B. W. B. Yeats 1865 – 1939 Irish poet I said ‘a line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.’ ‘Adam's Curse’ (1904) O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? ‘Among School Children’ (1928) body swayed to music know the dancer from the dance know the dancer from the dance A starlit or a moonlit dome disdains All that man is, All mere complexities, The fury and the mire of human veins. ‘Byzantium’ (1933) starlit or a...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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Quotations
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...0W0B W. B. Yeats 1865 – 1939 Irish poet . On Yeats: see auden , auden Bodily decrepitude is wisdom ‘After Long Silence’ (1933) bodily decrepitude is wisdom Bodily decrepitude is wisdom O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? ‘Among School Children’ (1928) body swayed to music body swayed to music O brightening glance know the dancer from the dance know the dancer from the dance A young man when the old men are done talking Will say to an old man, ‘Tell me of that lady The poet stubborn with...

Yeats, W[illiam] B[utler]

Yeats, W[illiam] B[utler] (13 June 1865)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Current Version:
2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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775 words

..., W[illiam] B[utler] (b. Sandymount, Co. Dublin , 13 June 1865 ; d. Cap Martin, France , 28 Jan. 1939 ) Playwright and poet . For a playwright who had nearly 30 plays produced and published, a man who spent half a century virtually obsessed with the theatre, W. B. Yeats has gathered a curiously indifferent dramatic reputation. His years of writing plays, founding theatrical movements, helping to run theatres, instructing actors, hectoring audiences, inventing dramatic theories, even designing stage sets, have been dismissed by no less a critic than ...

Yeats, W(illiam) B(utler)

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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..., W(illiam) B(utler) ( 1865–1939 ) Irish poet, critic, and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923 . Yeats was born near Dublin into a Protestant family, the son of a painter and brother of the painter Jack Yeats ( 1871–1957 ). He was brought up partly in London and partly in his mother's home county of Sligo, where he absorbed the beauty of the countryside and discovered the Irish legends that played a large part in his early writing. In 1881 Yeats was sent to Dublin High School but when his family moved back again to...

Yeats, W[illiam] B[utler]

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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Current Version:
2003
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Literature
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1,145 words

...He died at Roquebrune, Cap Martin in the South of France. The leading literary figure in Ireland in his time, who virtually invented modern Irish literature in English, and one of the greatest modern poets in any language, Yeats has cast a long shadow. See: A. N. Jeffares , W. B. Yeats: Man and Poet (1948); and R. F. Foster , W. B. Yeats: A Life (1997 and...

W. B. Yeats 1865–1939

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0W.B.999 W. B. Yeats 1865–1939 You were silly like us; your gift survived it all: The parish of rich women, physical decay, Yourself. Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry. W. H. Auden 1907 – 73 English poet ‘In Memory of W. B. Yeats’ (1940) pt. 2 You were silly like us Ireland hurt you into poetry Ireland hurt you into poetry parish Earth, receive an honoured guest: William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry. W. H. Auden 1907 – 73 English poet ‘In Memory of W. B. Yeats’ (1940) pt. 3 earth , receive an honoured...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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142 words
Yeats, W[illiam] B[utler]

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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..., W[illiam] B[utler] ( 1865–1939 ). Poet and playwright . He was born in Dublin on 13 June 1865 , the eldest child of the impecunious portrait painter John Butler Yeats ( 1839–1922 ). Much of his boyhood was spent with his mother's family, the Pollexfens, who owned mills and a shipping company in Sligo, and it was to there he returned aesthetically when his early fin-de-siècle poetry dissatisfied him. The result was a focusing on Irish mythology and the rich folklore of the region. His collection of essays The Celtic Twilight ( 1893 ) became a...

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(1865–1939)Irish poet, critic, and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.Yeats was born near Dublin into a Protestant family, the son of a painter and brother of the ...
21 The History of the Book in Ireland

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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3,994 words
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...O’Donovan’s *annotated *translation of The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters , a large and beautiful *parallel text edition in seven *quarto volumes, expertly printed by Gill at the University Press ( 1848–51 ). By the early 1890s , however, when W. B. Yeats and his peers wished to gain support for their attempts to rejuvenate Irish culture more generally, the editorial response from Irish publishers was decidedly lacklustre. The dynamism and energy associated with the house of Duffy faded quickly when its founder died in 1871 ....

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