WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

Silvia Mazzau - William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was a strongly nationalist Irish writer who drew ideas and emotions from Celtic myths in order to inspire a new faith in Ireland in his countrymen. He used the figure of Cuchulain, the greatest hero in Celtic literature, invincible and rebellious, to shed light into the struggles of the Irish people and to communicate larger issues of nation and politics, the same ones which inspired Easter 1916 (1921), the poem he wrote to celebrate the uprising, organised by a group of nationalist rebels on 24th April 1916.

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