William Butler Yeats 's Poem, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree And An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

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When people who have never been to Ireland think of the Irish, they might imagine a pub full of red-headed, cursing, fighting, drinking men having a good time. The first thing that comes to mind is usually not outstanding writers or influential poets, unless one has a particular writer/poet in mind. William Butler Yeats is a perfect example. W.B. is a Irish born and proud poet who spent most of younger days living in Ireland with his relatives. William Butler Yeats’ poems “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” exemplifies how his Irish life and career affects his poetry. William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 1865. His parents raised him the county of Sligo where they themselves had grown up (Liukkonen). His father, John Butler Yeats, was an acknowledged graphic artist through sketches and oils. His work forced him to move his family to and from London. William’s mother, Susan, would often take Yeats and his siblings back to Sligo, while they technically resided in London, for long visits to relatives in Sligo (Magill 3705). W.B.’s poetic education informally began in London under the teaching of his father. Yeats would listen to his father read the works of Sir Walter Scott and William Shakespeare (Magill 3705). Unlike the ongoing tradition of his father, his father’s father, and his grandfather’s father, W.B. did not enroll at Trinity College, but rather at the Metropolitan School of Arts in Dublin. Yeats was…

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