William Butler Yeats

© courtesy of the Yeats Society Sligo

(13/06/1865 - 28/01/1939)

One of the key figures in 20th century literature, William Butler Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, a founder member of the Irish National Theatre and later director of the Abbey Theatre. His early years were spent between Dublin, London, and Sligo and his first works display his fascination with Irish legends and the occult. A first volume of verse, Mosada, A Dramatic Poem, was published in 1886, followed by The Wanderings of Oisin in 1889. That same year, Yeats met the actress and Irish nationalist Maud Gonne who would inspire his work for many years. In 1922, the Irish Free State awarded him a seat in the Senate. The following year, Yeats received the Nobel Prize for Literature, yet his perhaps most celebrated collection, The Tower, was published in 1928. Yeats had defined the intellectual and symbolic background to this and later works in A Vision (1925). Two more collections of poetry followed, The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), and the posthumously published Last Poems and Plays (1940). W. B. Yeats died in Southern France in January 1939. He was reinterred in Sligo, 'under bare Ben Bulben's head', in 1948.

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A Vision

, 1925

A Vision: An Explanation of Life Founded upon the Writings of Giraldus and upon Certain Doctrines Attributed to Kusta Ben Luka, privately published in 1925, was a book-length study of various philosophical, historical, astrological, and poetic topics by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats wrote these works while experimenting with automatic writing with his wife George, and they were an exploration of his interest in occult astrology. The works serves as a meditation on the relationships between imagination, history, and the occult.

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German

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Essays

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Polish

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Last Poems

Cuala Press, 1939

Published posthumously, Yeats's last collection of poems was accompanied by two plays, The Death of Cuchulain and Purgatory. The poems in it are both a forceful testament to his countrymen and an exploration of the metamorphosis of the soul. Yeats's abdication ends with Politics, a poem in which we see the golden bird, which had just before sung the violent end of civilisation, take flight into spheres that dare leave the imperatives of the day behind and to 'beget' a whole new generation of images inspired by beauty.

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French

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The Celtic Twilight

Digireads.com, 2010

This is one of the best-known collections of Yeats' prose; in it he explores the longstanding connection between the people of Ireland and the inhabitants of the land of Fairy. Yeats, who had profound mystic and visionary beliefs, writes with conviction of the reality of Fairies, both in his own experience, and in the everyday life of the Irish. This relatively short work serves as a way for readers to discover Yeats' powerful wordcraft and get an overview of celtic Fairy lore.

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Macedonian

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The Resurrection and Other Plays

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First produced at the Abbey Theatre in 1934, The Resurrection is a one act play set between midnight and dawn of the first Easter Sunday. The plot revolves around three citizens, The Hebrew, The Greek and The Syrian, as they debate the changing face of God in and through Jesus Christ.

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Russian

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The Tower

Macmillan, 1928

Inspired by his residence in Thoor Ballylee, the 16th century castle he had bought in 1915, and published five years after he had already received the Nobel Prize in Literature, The Tower is considered Yeats's finest achievement.

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Spanish, French

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The Winding Stair and Other Poems

Fountain Press, 1929

The Winding Stair and Other Poems followed the highly acclaimed collection The Tower and was published in 1929.

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French

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© Dedalus Editores, 2011

W. B. Yeats: The Collected Plays

Macmillan, 1963

Yeats's collected plays includes some thirty works from his first play, The Countess Cathleen (1892) to his last, The Death of Cuchulain, from 1939. 

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Spanish (Argentina)

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William Butler Yeats: Collected Poems

Picador, 2002

From Crossways, published in 1889, to Last Poems, published posthumously in 1939, Yeats's Collected Poems spans five decades and 13 collections of lyrical poems.

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German, Chinese

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William Butler Yeats: Nobel Acceptance Speech, Poems Crossways, The Rose, The Wind Among the Reeds, In the Seven Woods, The Green Helmet, Responsiblities, The Wild Swans at Coole, Michael Robartes and

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A collection of Yeats's prose and poems translated into Ukrainian.

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Ukrainian

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© Ellerströms, 2012

William Butler Yeats: Selected Poems

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An anthology of 52 poems compiled by Swedish translator Kaj Attorps appeared in 2001.

An extensive selection of 200 poems by W. B. Yeats was published in Swedish translation by Ellerströms Förlag in 2012.

Literature Ireland has also supported the translation of a selection of Yeats's poems into Romanian, translated by Aurel Covaci, in 1996.

 

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Swedish, Romanian

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William Butler Yeats: Ten Plays: At the Hawk's Well, The Green Helmet, On Baile's Strand, The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Hour-glass, The Unicorn from the Stars, The Player Queen, The Dreaming of the B

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A co-founder of the Irish Literary Theatre in 1899, Yeats became one of the directors of the Abbey Theatre, which opeded its gates in 1904. His play Cathleen Ní Houlihan was performed on the opening night on 27th December with Maud Gonne in the leading role. Yeats attended the Abbey a last time in 1938 when his last play, Purgatory, premiered.

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French

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William Butler Yeats: The Old Age of Queen Maeve, Baile and Aillinn, In the Seven Woods, The Shadowy Waters, The Green Helmet, Responsibilities

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A second part of Yeats's early poetry collections published between 1903 and 1914.

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French

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William Butler Yeats: The Wanderings of Oisin, Crossways, The Rose, The Wind among the Reeds

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Yeats's early collections of poetry, published between 1889 and 1900.

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French

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