William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was one of the most important poets of the 20th century. He passed away in January 1939 after a career in prose, drama, and poetry. His work was incredibly influential in Ireland as well as around the world. Read more about William Butler Yeats.

The Sad Shepherd

‘The Sad Shepherd’ by William Butler Yeats describes one man’s deepest sorrow and his quest to share his emotions with whomever or whatever he can find.

The Song of Wandering Aengus

‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’ by William Butler Yeats describes Aengus’ life-consuming quest to find a girl he once saw in his youth

The Wild Swans at Coole

In this poem, ‘The Wild Swans at Coole,’ Yeats explores the theme of the frailty of human life through his speaker.

To A Shade

‘To A Shade’ is a political poem that speaks on the treatment of Charles Parnell the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.  

To a Young Girl

‘To a Young Girl’ by William Butler Yeats is a poem about a past love and how lovers know one another better than anyone else. 

To a Young Girl

To Ireland in the Coming Times

‘To Ireland in the Coming Times’ by William Butler Yeats is dedicated to the poet’s impact on Ireland’s political, social, and cultural landscape. It contains the poet’s beliefs about the nature of his verse.

To Ireland in the Coming Times

When You Are Old

William Butler Yeats’ poem ‘When You Are Old’  is directly addressed to his lover, most probably Maud Gonne who was an Irish revolutionary.

William Butler Yeats Biography

William Butler Yeats wrote about everything from folklore to Irish nationalism. He is one of the most important poets of the 20th Century.