Biographical Analysis of William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was born in 1939 in Dublin and passed in 1939. His father was a portrait painter and a lawyer; Butler was a lawyer and a well-known portrait painter. Yeats was educated in Dublin and London. In the year 1885, William made his first publication of poetry and also his important point of concentration in occultism. In most of his writing options, he was always guided by the direction of his reading. Therefore, covered a wide diversity in terms of countries from the Middle East to across Europe up to the point he realized the country he would base his writings will be his own, and he holds the conviction to the very end (Wade 23).

Throughout the poetry writing, simplification became the primary stylistic device he used in his work and thereafter, much alteration and refining were employed in his craftsmanship. His poet counterpart, Heaney described him as an old focused poet who believed that for a real satisfaction of anything one does, determination through working every time without trailing hope and slog-work yields the result. He further adds that when one poet has managed to do one poetry in his or her own way, then the way should be cast off, and a new face should be identified (Wade 34).
A significant element of old age is widely used by William in his collections as illustrated through his poetic scripts. There is a vast aspect of contrast in his work and his age as this is also seen in his poetic volumes of the late 1890s romantic poems. These poems mentioned aspects of weariness and grey hair though at those times he was still young. Later on in his old life, through his text when you are old, he continued writing a lot of work from aspects of spiritualism to issues affecting normal life even though his life deteriorated from a serious illness. The much courage he had while facing his death was through vague hopes especially for reincarnation and admiration for the heroism he perceived in ancient times in Ireland (Wade 31).

In conclusion, therefore, Yeats’s primary aim in poetry was to engross life in its full complexity, though teachings from different life aspects in which there was no restriction in any cultural or any environmental setup. He was from the very first to the last a poet who transformed local concerns especially his life through embodiment by using the universal language which could be understood by many. His rhetorical accomplishments which were significantly strengthened by considerable aspects of stylistic devices in poetry like symbolism and contrast, as well as rhythm, is greatly applauded by poets and readers across the world to date. It is not likely that time will diminish his achievements.


Work Cited
Wade, Allan. A Bibliography of the Writings of W.B. Yeats. 2d ed. London: R. Hart-Davis, 1958. Print

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