38 In 1891 he visited Gonne in Ireland and proposed marriage, but was rejected. He later admitted that from that point "the troubling of my life began". 39 yeats proposed to gonne three more times: in 1899, 19She refused each proposal, and in 1903, to his dismay, married the Irish nationalist Major John MacBride. 40 His only other love affair during this period was with Olivia shakespear, whom he first met in 1894, and parted from in 1897. Yeats derided MacBride in letters and in poetry. He was horrified by gonne's marriage, at losing his muse to another man; in addition, her conversion to catholicism before marriage offended him, although he was Protestant/agnostic.
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During séances held from 1912, a spirit calling itself "leo africanus" apparently claimed it was yeats's daemon or anti-self, inspiring some of the speculations in Per Amica silentia lunae. 32 he awesome was admitted into the golden Dawn in March 1890 and took the magical motto daemon est deus inversus —translated as 'devil is God inverted'. B he was an active recruiter for the sect's Isis-Urania temple, and brought in his uncle george pollexfen, maud Gonne, and Florence farr. Although he reserved a distaste for abstract and dogmatic religions founded around personality cults, he was attracted to the type of people he met at the golden Dawn. 33 he was involved in the Order's power struggles, both with Farr and Macgregor Mathers, and was involved when Mathers sent Aleister Crowley to repossess Golden Dawn paraphernalia during the "Battle of Blythe road". After the golden Dawn ceased and splintered into various offshoots, yeats remained with the Stella matutina until 1921. 34 maud Gonne essay edit. Yeats (no date) In 1889, yeats met maud Gonne, a 23-year-old English heiress and ardent Irish Nationalist. C She was eighteen months younger than yeats and later claimed she met the poet as a "paint-stained art student." 35 Gonne admired "The Island of Statues" and sought out his acquaintance. Yeats began an obsessive infatuation, and she had a significant and lasting effect on his poetry and his life thereafter. 36 In later years he admitted, "it seems to me that she gonne brought into my life those days—for as yet I saw only what lay upon the surface—the middle of the tint, a sound as of a burmese gong, an over-powering tumult that had.
Following the work, yeats never again attempted another long poem. His other early poems, which are meditations on the themes of love or mystical and esoteric subjects, include poems (1895 The secret Rose (1897 and The wind Among the reeds (1899). The covers of these volumes were illustrated by yeats's friend Althea gyles., yeats was involved in the formation of the dublin Hermetic Order. The society held its first meeting on 16 June, with yeats acting as its chairman. The same year, the dublin Theosophical lodge was opened in conjunction with Brahmin Mohini Chatterjee, who dates travelled from the Theosophical Society in London to lecture. Yeats attended his first séance the following year. He later became heavily involved with the Theosophy and with hermeticism, particularly with the eclectic Rosicrucianism of the hermetic Order of the golden Dawn.
His first solo publication was the pamphlet Mosada: a dramatic poem (1886 which comprised a print run of 100 copies paid for by his father. This was followed by the collection The proposal wanderings of Oisin and Other poems (1889 which arranged a series of verse that dated as far back as the mid-1880s. The long title poem contains, in the words of his biographer. Foster, "obscure gaelic names, striking repetitions and an unremitting rhythm subtly varied as the poem proceeded through its three sections 29 we rode in sorrow, with strong hounds three, bran, Sceolan, and Lomair, On a morning misty and mild and fair. The mist-drops hung on the fragrant trees, And in the blossoms hung the bees. We rode in sadness above lough lean, for our best were dead on gavra's green. "The wanderings of Oisin" is based on the lyrics of the fenian Cycle of Irish mythology and displays the influence of both Sir Samuel Ferguson and the Pre-raphaelite poets. 30 The poem took two years to complete and was one of the few works from this period that he did not disown in his maturity. Oisin introduces what was to become one of his most important themes: the appeal of the life of contemplation over the appeal of the life of action.
26 As early as 1892, he wrote: "If I had not made magic my constant study i could not have written a single word of my Blake book, nor would The countess Kathleen ever have come to exist. The mystical life is the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write." 27 His mystical interests—also inspired by a study of Hinduism, under the Theosophist Mohini Chatterjee, and the occult—formed much of the basis of his. Some critics disparaged this aspect of yeats's work. 28 His first significant poem was "The Island of Statues a fantasy work that took edmund Spenser and Shelley for its poetic models. The piece was serialized in the dublin University review. Yeats wished to include it in his first collection, but it was deemed too long, and in fact was never republished in his lifetime. Quinx books published the poem in complete form for the first time in 2014.
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Other pieces from this period include a draft of a play about a bishop, a monk, and a woman accused of paganism by local shepherds, as well as love-poems and narrative lyrics on German knights. The early works were both conventional and, according to the critic Charles Johnston, "utterly unIrish seeming to come out of a "vast murmurous gloom of dreams". 20 Although yeats's early works drew your heavily on Shelley, edmund Spenser, and on the diction and colouring of pre-raphaelite verse, he soon turned to Irish mythology and folklore and the writings of William Blake. In later life, yeats paid tribute to Blake by describing him as one of the "great artificers of God who uttered great truths to a little clan". 21 In 1891, yeats published John Sherman and "Dhoya one a novella, the other a story. Young poet edit The family returned to london in 1887.
In March 1890 yeats joined the hermetic Order of the golden Dawn, and with Ernest Rhys 22 co-founded the Rhymers' Club, a group of London-based poets who met regularly in a fleet Street tavern to recite their verse. Yeats later sought to mythologize the collective, calling it the "Tragic Generation" in his autobiography, 23 and published two anthologies of the Rhymers' work, the first one in 1892 and the second one in 1894. He collaborated with Edwin Ellis on the first complete edition of William Blake's works, in the process rediscovering a forgotten poem, "Vala, or, the four zoas". 24 25 yeats had a life-long interest in mysticism, spiritualism, occultism and astrology. He read extensively on the subjects throughout his life, became a member of the paranormal research organisation " The Ghost Club " (in 1911) and was especially influenced by the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.
John provided an erratic education in geography and chemistry, and took william on natural history explorations of the nearby Slough countryside. 14 On, the young poet entered the godolphin school, 15 which he attended for four years. He did not distinguish himself academically, and an early school report describes his performance as "only fair. Perhaps better in Latin than in any other subject. Very poor in spelling". 16 Though he had difficulty with mathematics and languages (possibly because he was tone deaf 17 he was fascinated by biology and zoology.
For financial reasons, the family returned to dublin toward the end of 1880, living at first in the suburbs of Harold's Cross 18 and later Howth. In October 1881, yeats resumed his education at Dublin's Erasmus Smith High School. 19 His father's studio was nearby and William spent a great deal of time there, where he met many of the city's artists and writers. During this period he started writing poetry, and, in 1885, the dublin University review published yeats's first poems, as well as an essay entitled "The poetry of Sir Samuel Ferguson ". Between 18, william attended the metropolitan School of Art—now the national College of Art and Design —in Thomas Street. 3 he began writing his first works when he was seventeen; these included a poem—heavily influenced by percy bysshe Shelley —that describes a magician who set up a throne in central Asia.
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In 1997, his biographer. Foster observed that Napoleon's dictum that to understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty "is manifestly true. B.Y." 12 yeats's childhood and young adulthood were shadowed by the power-shift away from the minority Protestant Ascendancy. The 1880s saw the rise of Charles revelation Stewart Parnell and the home rule movement; the 1890s saw the momentum of nationalism, while the catholics became prominent around the turn of the century. These developments had a profound effect on his poetry, and his subsequent explorations of Irish identity had a significant influence on the creation of his country's biography. 13 In 1867, the family moved to England to aid their father, john, to further his career as an artist. At first the yeats children were educated at home. Their mother entertained them with stories and Irish folktales.
By his marriage, william's father John yeats was studying law but abandoned his studies to study art at heatherley's Art School in London. 8 His mother, susan Mary pollexfen, came from a wealthy merchant family in Sligo, who owned a milling and shipping business. Soon after William's birth the business family relocated to the pollexfen home at Merville, sligo to stay with her extended family, and the young poet came to think of the area as his childhood and spiritual home. Its landscape became, over time, both literally and symbolically, his "country of the heart" 9 so also did its location on the sea; John yeats stated that "by marriage with a pollexfen, we have given a tongue to the sea cliffs". 10 The butler yeats family were highly artistic; his brother Jack became an esteemed painter, while his sisters Elizabeth and Susan Mary —known to family and friends as Lollie and Lily—became involved in the Arts and Crafts movement. 11 yeats was raised a member of the Protestant Ascendancy, which was at the time undergoing a crisis of identity. While his family was broadly supportive of the changes Ireland was experiencing, the nationalist revival of the late 19th century directly disadvantaged his heritage, and informed his outlook for the remainder of his life.
early years edit, of Anglo-Irish descent, 2 William Butler yeats was born at Sandymount in county dublin, ireland. 3 His father, john Butler yeats (18391922 was a descendant of Jervis yeats, a williamite soldier, linen merchant, and well-known painter who died in 1712. 4 Benjamin yeats, jervis's grandson and William's great-great-grandfather, had in 1773 5 married Mary butler 6 of a landed family in county kildare. 7 Following their marriage, they kept the name butler in the family name. Mary was a descendant of the butler of Ormond family from the neigham (pronounced nyam) Gowran branch of the family. They were descendants of the first Earls of Ormond.
He spent childhood holidays. County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated. Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display yeats's debts. Edmund Spenser, percy bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the. From thesis 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic.
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For other uses, see. William Butler yeats photographed in 1903. Alice boughton, william Butler yeats a ( ) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped to found the. Abbey theatre, and in his later years served. Senator of the, irish Free state for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the. Irish Literary shredder revival along with, lady Gregory, edward Martyn and others. He was born in, sandymount, ireland and educated there and in London.