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On June 13 1865 William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin Ireland From the start Yeats had artistic influences due to the fact that his father Jack Butler Yeats was a noted Irish painter He had no formal education until he was eleven at that time he started at the Godolphin Grammar School in Hammercensoredh England and later he enrolled in Erasmus Smith High School in Dublin Throughout his schooling he was considered disappointing student his studies were inconsistent he was prone to day dreaming and poor at sports In 1884 Yeats found his way to the Metropolitan School for the Arts here he met a poet by the name of George Russell Yeats and Russell sheared the same dreams visions and the enthusiasm for them Russell and Yeats soon founded the Dublin Hermetic Society for the purpose of conducting magical experiments They promoted their idea that whatever great poets had affirmed in there finest moments was the nearest we could come to an authoritative religion and that their mythology and their spirits of wind and water were but literal truth This sparked Yeatss interest in the study of the occult After his experience in the hermetic society he joined the Rosicrucians Madam HP Blavavtskys Theosophical Society and MacGregors Mathers Order of the Dawn Yeats consulted spiritualists frequently and engaged in the ritual of conjuring the Irish Gods The occult research Yeats made was apparent in his poetry The occult was a source of images to use in his poems and evedence of this is in all of his works In1885 Yeats met John OLeary an Irish Nationalist and Fenian leader OLeary played a large role on getting Yeatss his work first published in The Dublin University Review and directing Yeatss attention to native Irish sources for inspiration The influence of OLeary caused Yeats to take up the Irish writers cause England was trying to destroy all Irish literature in an attempt to anglicize Ireland
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