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VCE Literature Texts: Yeats, Selected Poems

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.

History Channel

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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JSTOR database

Study Guides




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.