Essay about Old Age Is Inevitable By William Butler Yeats

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Old age is inevitable, but imagination creates a hope for the chance to become young once again after death. William Butler Yeats was one of the most influential writers during the twentieth century. Born in Ireland in the 1860s, he used his Irish roots and influences as inspiration for his writings. He is responsible for creating many movements and organizations in Ireland, and was a very well respected writer, activist, and politician. “Sailing to Byzantium” is one of Yeats’ most well-known works. In the poem, Yeats incorporates many facets of his life to depict his interest in the mystical afterlife world along with his life long activism and commitment to the advancement of literature. “Sailing to Byzantium” was written only a few years prior to his death and recounts a journey that is considered by literary experts as a reflection of his affection for his homeland, Ireland. A study of William Butler Yeats’ life and career reveals an interest in mythological studies in “Sailing to Byzantium.” “Born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 13, 1865, William Butler Yeats was the son of a well-known Irish painter, John Butler Yeats. He spent his childhood in County Sligo, where his parents were also raised, and in London”(W.B Yeats). According to the Biography of William Butler Yeats, Yeats began attending Godolphin Grammar School in Hammersmith at the age of eleven. After finishing grammar school, he attended Erasmus Smith High School in Dublin. He then furthered his…

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