W. B. Yeats

Standard Name: Yeats, W. B.
Used Form: William Butler Yeats
Used Form: Willie Yeats
WBY , who began publishing well before the end of the nineteenth century, is regarded as one of the most important twentieth-century poets in English, and one of the most international of Irish writers. He was early involved in the Irish Literary Revival, and wrote early, highly romantic lyrics on Celtic and fairy themes. Later he made poetry out of the search for a poetic language. Some of his later work is affected by his interest in the occult.


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Family and Intimate relationships Florence Farr
W. B. Yeats became interested in FF when he saw her play the role of a shepherdess in John Todhunter 's play A Sicilian Idyll, and was transfixed by her voice.
Johnson, Josephine. Florence Farr: Bernard Shaw’s new woman. Colin Smythe, 1975.
Family and Intimate relationships Augusta Gregory
Robert married Margaret Graham Parry , a fellow art student, in 1907. They had three children, one of whom, Anne with her golden hair, was the subject of a poem by Yeats .
Stevenson, Mary Lou Kohfeldt. Lady Gregory: The Woman Behind the Irish Renaissance. Atheneum, 1985.
195, 198, 206, 223, 239, 297
Family and Intimate relationships Dora Sigerson
George Sigerson , DS 's father, was a doctor specialising in nervous disorders (a new area of research), a poet, and a Gaelic scholar. He lectured on biology at the National University of Ireland ...
Family and Intimate relationships John Millington Synge
His mother, Kathleen Synge (born Traill), was a rigid Protestant, daughter and niece of clergymen, who cast a religious gloom
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
over the house. Though he came quite early to reject her religion, and though she...
Family and Intimate relationships Katharine Tynan
KT 's father, Andrew Cullen Tynan , came from a long line of Irish farmers from Cheeverstown in Dublin and from County Wicklow. He was born from a mixed marriage: his mother was Catholic...
Family and Intimate relationships Augusta Gregory
AG never found out that her son was killed by friendly fire. His death inspired Yeats 's elegy In Memory of Major Robert Gregory, a reply to her request that he should write something...
Family and Intimate relationships Florence Farr
They separated after four years, when Emery left for America. He became a successful actor there, and eventually remarried. Their reasons for separating are not clear, and FF rarely mentioned him after he left. Years...
Family and Intimate relationships Florence Farr
FF is now probably best remembered for her personal and professional relationships with two literary men, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats . It seems that she met Shaw at William Morris 's house in...
Family and Intimate relationships Maud Gonne
MG first met the poet William Butler Yeats , and he fell in love with her at first sight. Her continuing role in his imaginative life remains for many people the single fact known about...
Family and Intimate relationships Katharine Tynan
W. B. Yeats , encouraged by his father , proposed to KT , but she was already secretly engaged to Henry Hinkson , who became her husband in 1893.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothy Wellesley
DW 's association with Yeats , which lasted only the last three and a half years of his life, is treated by some commentators as a love-affair.
Tóibín, Colm. “A Djinn speaks”. London Review of Books, pp. 19 -24.
Fictionalization Eva Gore-Booth
W. B. Yeats (who first met the Gore-Booth family in about 1894, and associated with Eva and her sister Constance Markievicz for the rest of their lives)
Haverty, Anne. Constance Markievicz: An Independent Life. Pandora, 1988.
wrote In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and...
Fictionalization Constance, Countess Markievicz
W. B. Yeats wrote his famous poem In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz, about the two Irish sisters, activists, and writers.
Smith, D. J. “The Countess and the Poets: Constance Gore-Booth Markievicz in the Work of Irish Writers”. Journal of Irish Literature, No. 1, pp. 3 - 63.
Friends, Associates Michael Field
Katharine and Edith Cooper shared a great many distinguished friends in the worlds of literature and aesthetics: Walter Pater , Oscar Wilde , Arthur Symons , Charles Shannon , Sarianna Browning , Thomas Sturge Moore
Friends, Associates Dora Russell
During this period, the Russells' friends and associates included Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson , Ottoline Morrell , T. S. Eliot , W. B. Yeats , G. B. and Charlotte Shaw , Desmond MacCarthy ...


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