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William ButlerYeats sought in his writing to create a unique style of escapism from life through art with an unusual attention to sociopolitical matters He attempted to create a literature that was Irish in subject matter and tone and to reawaken in his people a sense of the glory and significance of Ireland s historical and legendary past Yeats found his vehicle to accomplish just that in Irish mythology and folklore Offering an answer to Yeatss search for a personal and individual mythology Yeats found a treasury of symbols hitherto unused in English poetry Turning mythical figures into private symbols was the vehicle by which Yeats sought to translate his life to mystical events represented by the symbolism of Irish mythology GS Fraser had this to say of Yeats and the type of man that his writing represented The very fact that the young man could so easily concoct a new Religion for himself-out of Irish folkloreand anything that came handy-is evidence of a rather unreligious nature evidence of a blithe and irresponsible temperament that of a young man sure of his genius and unconvicted of sin Fraser 211 Yeats adult life was ever changing and characterized by different periods in outside influences and writing styles The first major period was in London where he belonged to a group of fin de sieclepoets Ernest Rhys and Yeats founded the Rhymers Club of which Yeats was not the young star but rather overshadowed by his contemporaries Dowson and Lionel Johnson During this time Yeats wrote the Celtic twilight highly indicative of his mystical tendencies and affiliations A period of symbolism ornamentation easy music and too great facility he dabbled in the occult and sought the answers to life he could not seem to unravel in his own mind by means of traditional explanations Returning to Ireland in 1896 Yeats found himself caught up in the Irish Revolution In the center of the conflict
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