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Nicholas Arvin

December 14, 2019 by admin  
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W.B. Yeats: Themes of Love vs. Intellect

By Nicholas Arvin

Wisdom, aging, and love are the backbone of the human condition. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a highly-influential Irish poet noted for his strong sense of Irish identify. Yeats came from a family of artists and painters, and he started writing poetry during high school. Yeats’ interest in mysticism, spiritualism and the occult shaped many of his writings, leading to the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 1923. Yeats also helped found the Abbey Theatre, and he served as an Irish Senator in his later years. Yeats’ poems Sailing to Byzantium and The Lake Isle of Innisfree reflect his common themes of aging, wisdom, and love in an imperfect natural world…

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