William Butler Yeats Poet

Birthday June 13, 1865
Birthplace Sandymount, Ireland
Death Date Jan 28, 1939 (age 73)
Birth Sign Gemini


Major Irish Symbolist poet and Nobel Prize recipient who is remembered for The Tower, The Green Helmet, and other works. Also a playwright, he had several of his dramas, including Purgatory, performed at the famous Abbey Theatre.

Before Fame

He had a lifelong interest in mysticism and occultism, and he joined The Ghost Club, a paranormal research organization, in 1911.


His 1920 poem "The Second Coming" contains vivid images of change and destruction.

Family Life

He married Georgie Hyde-Lees, a woman nearly twenty years his junior. The happy union produced two children.

Associated With

Like Oscar Wilde, Yeats was a famous Irish author.


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