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Between the Celtic visions of THE WANDERINGS OF OISIN 1889 and the intellectual often obscure poetry of the 1930s Yeats produced a tremendous amount of works In his early career Yeats studied William Blakes poems Emanuel Swedenborgs writings and other visionaries Later he expressed his disillusionment with the reality of his native country Irish poet dramatist and prose writer William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on 13th June 1865 into an Irish Protestant family His early years Yeats spent in London and Slingo a beautiful county on the west coast of Ireland the area was rich in both mythological and aristocratic traditions and for both these reasons is very frequently mentioned in Yeasts poems His father John Butler Yeats a clergymans son was a lawyer turned to an Irish Pre-Raphaelite painter He was passionately involved in Londons artistic life in the 1870s as a supporter of the primary importance of pure emotion in art and an opponent of intellectual abstraction Yeatss views on poetry and art were by no means unique of course deriving a great deal in particular from the Pre-Raphaelite group He was already being encouraged to think of himself as a writer by his father and the next nine years gave him a fine opportunity to soak his imagination in the Irish folk-lore which was to provide the impetus for much of his early poetry In 1885 Yeats moved from Dublin High school to the Dublin School of Arts In Autobiographies Yeats speaks of his youthful conviction only beautiful things should be painted and that only ancient things and the stuff of dreams were beautiful Shortly after joining the School of Art yeats also began to explore mysticism and the occult encouraged by the famous Madame Blavatsky an interest which he maintained throughout his life Interest in Indian mysticism and theosophy sought him to meet the most extreme contempt for empirical and scientific knowledge and
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