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WB Yeats is an author of various poems in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Ireland Yeats was born in Dublin Ireland in 1865 to a famous Irish painter John Butler Yeats As a child he lived in County Sligo and in London but at age fifteen he moved back to Dublin When he returned to Dublin he planned on continuing his education and studying painting but soon realized that he would rather write poetry In learning of his love for poetry he got involved in many movements as in the Celtic Revival which was a movement against the English rule Yeats poems also had developed folklore and mythology into them along with his lost love Maud Gonne Many of Yeats poems were very similar but also could be very different at the same time A few poems that could be related closely to that idea is Among School Children Sailing to Byzantium Easter 1916 and The Wild Swans at Coole Among School Children is one of Yeats many well- known poems Yeats wrote this poem not long after he visited a school in Waterford Ireland His visit to the school caused him to reflect on his own life and the aging process that everyone inevitably experiences Yeats comes to terms with death being inevitable for everyone which has him looking back on when he used to be a child and thinking of how Maud Gonne may have looked when she was that young As Yeats walks through the school he says how he was stared at by the young children who smile at him and he smiles back but almost in a bitter way as if he longs to be that age again in school with nothing to worry about Yeats also knows that they know who he is at this time but begins to wonder if he will one day be forgotten because when you are gone all you have left
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