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William Butler Yeats (/ˈjeɪts/; 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). Yeats was a very good friend of American expatriate poet and Bollingen Prize laureate Ezra Pound. Yeats wrote the introduction for Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali, which was published by the India Society.

He was born in Dublin and educated there and in London; he spent his childhood holidays in County Sligo. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Those 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' debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, Yeats's poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Now and in Time to Be: A Musical Celebration of the Works of W.B. Yeats Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry Various Artists 1
2006 Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work, 1888-2006 Various Artists 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Poetry Speaks Various Artists 1
2002 The Caedmon Poetry Collection Various Artists 1
2003 The Spoken Word: Poets - Historic Recordings from the British Library Sound Archive Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Poetry Speaks to Children Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Celtic Poets Various Artists 1

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