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W.B. Yeats

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Definition influential Irish poet and dramatist (1865-1939)
  • Many think Yeats greatest poetry was written when he was in his sixties.
  • "He began with William Butler Yeats's "The Second Coming.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • William Butler Yeats, "Easter, 1916".
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Sol Weintraub asked, "William Butler Yeats?"
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In his poetry, William Butler Yeats often contrasts the freedom of birds with the earthbound cares and woes of humans.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • —from THE ROSE OF BATTLE, W. B. Yeats Nothing is easier than self-deceit.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Why should he think me cruel
    Or that he is betrayed?
    I'd have him love the thing that was
    Before the world was made.
    W.B. Yeats, A Woman Young and Old
    "Long ago, Frith made the world.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • W.B. YEATS They sleep not, except they have done mischief; And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall For they eat the bread of wickedness, And they drink the wine of violence.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • When the poet W.B. Yeats stood on this platform more than seventy years ago, Ireland was emerging from the throes of a traumatic civil war that had followed fast on the heels of a war of independence fought against the British.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • W. H. Auden, in his great elegy "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" (1940), emphasizes the coldness of the day Yeats died.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "The Rose of Battle," by Mr. William Butler Yeats.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Nevertheless, until the British government caved in to the strong-arm tactics of the Ulster loyalist workers after the Sunningdale Conference in 1974, a well-disposed mind could still hope to make sense of the circumstances, to balance what was promising with what was destructive and do what W.B. Yeats had tried to do half a century before, namely, "to hold in a single thought reality and justice."
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things Fall Apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
    W.B. Yeats, "The Second Coming"
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Nor in this by W. B. Yeats: "The character who delights us may commit murder like Macbeth .... and yet we will rejoice in every happiness that comes to him."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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