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The Life and Work of W.B. Yeats
R.F Foster, an author, talks about the life and works of William Butler Yeats, the poet and the Protestant Irish Nationalist. The first of his two volume biography is titled, "W.B. Yeats: A Life: The Apprentice Mage." It examines the literary, social and political era in which Yeats tried to write his poems and live his life.
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Publication Date: 1997-04-10
In the first authorized biography of W. B. Yeats for over fifty years, Roy Foster sheds new light on one of the most complex and fascinating lives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Working from a great archive of personal and contemporary material, he dramatically alters traditional perceptions to illuminate the poet's family history, relchildhood inheritance of declasse Irish Protestantism with strong nationalist sympathies, and an exceptional and talented family background, the narrative charts Yeats's development into an original and outstanding poet.
A Fanatic Heart Bob Geldof on WB Yeats: A biography of the poet W.B Yeats and his contribution to the Irish Independence movement as a Protestant National. Log in to Click View to view.
BBC Radio Yeats and Irish Politics
An examination on the effect of Irish Politics on the work of W.B. Yeats.
BBC Radio Yeats & Mysticism
Criticism & Interpretation
Be sure to join the State Library so that you can search the Gale Literature databases and JSTOR as there are several good articles about WB Yeats in these databases. Sign up via the above link.
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- Litcharts: explores summaries, themes, analysis and explains poetic devices used throughout Yeats's work. Click on the poems below to access information.
- Grade Saver- Study Guides on the Works of William Butler Yeats. Once you have accessed the site, by clicking on the link, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page, select a poem to view related information including summaries, themes and analysis.
- Spark Notes: Access summaries, analysis and context of Yeats's major works.
Ted- Ed. Analysis of William Butler Yeats's, The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats The Poetry Foundation
Visit the Poetry Foundation website to view biographical information and poems.
The Poetry Archive
Click on the image below to access biographical information about Yeats. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can listen to Yeats's poems being read aloud. Some audio includes a brief introduction.
The Nobel Prize
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, visit the Nobel Prize website for further biographical information and insight into the motivation behind some of Yeats's work.