William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats wrote about everything from folklore to Irish nationalism. He is one of the most important poets of the 20th Century and has created some of the best poetry ever to have been penned. Read more about William Butler Yeats.

A Prayer for my Daughter

 ‘A Prayer for my Daughter’ by William Butler Yeats speaks about the poet’s family. It demonstrates his concern and anxiety over the future wellbeing and prospects of his daughter, Anne.

Among School Children

William Butler Yeats wrote this poem, ‘Among School Children,’ most probably in 1926 after his visit in that year to a progressive convent school at Waterfront, St. Otteran’s School.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

William Butler Yeats wrote this particular poem, ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’, after he lost his dear friend in World War I. Robert Gregory, an Irish Airman accidentally shot down by an Italian Aviator, happened to be a dear friend of Yeats.

Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

‘Nineteen hundred and Nineteen’ by W.B. Yeats is a complex poem that deals with his complex emotions as he looks at a war that crushed Ireland.

Sailing to Byzantium

Yeats’ poems are continually referenced in popular culture, including the poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. Its first line, “That is no country for old men…” was used for the title of Cormac McCarthy’s popular novel, “No Country for Old Men,” later adapted for the big screen.


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