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William Butler Yeats was born in the town of Sandymount, which is located in Dublin, Ireland. He was born June 23, 1865. He was the oldest of five children and all were very artistic. ( ). His family moved to London when he was two years old, but every summer he spent a lot of time with his grandparents that lived in Sligo, Ireland. William Butler Yeats used his poems to tell others how much his country meant to him. As you read his poetry you can relate to what was going on in his life by what inspired his writing. Even though his family moved to London when he was very young he never lost his strong belief for the independence of Ireland. William Yeats is known as one of the great poets from Ireland that has come from the 20th century. ( ) As you read the poems he wrote early on in his career, you can tell he came up with some of the basic views from some fables of his Irish heritage. ( ) When he wrote about his country, you can see how much of an Irish nationalist he was. In some of the poems such as, “Easter 1916” and “To Ireland in the Coming Times”, you can see these poems show how important the fight for independence that his country was going through was to him. In these poems you can tell how he felt that in order the reach independence the unity of the country was needed. The ironic fact that even though he wanted and believed in his countries freedom he never was part of his countries army. Yeats had said, “That you, in the dim coming times, May know how my heart went with them” ( ). He was expressing to everyone how his great dream, his desires for Ireland to be free would last forever, even after he dies. In his writing, “September 1913” he did talk about freedom but began to be a little more crit... ... middle of paper ... ...y Literary Criticism. 1 (1978) 552-556. Detroit: Gale, 1978. Print. Foster, R. F.. William Butler Yeats: a Life. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Poupard, Dennis, "William Butler Yeats." Twentieth-century Literary Criticism. 11 (1983) 504- 508. Detroit: Gale, 1983. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Ross, A. D. (2009 413-414). Critical companion to William Butler Yeats: A literary reference to his life and work. New York, NY: InfoBase Publishing. Print. Yeats, William Butler. "Language, Character, and Construction." Playwrights on Playwriting: The Meaning and Making of Modern Drama from Ibsen to Ionesco. Ed. Toby Cole. New York: Hill and Wang, 1960. 37-44. Rpt. in Drama Criticism. Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 33. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 Apr. 2014.

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