William Butler Yeats, Irish Nobel Poet
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William Butler Yeats ranks among the greatest poets of Ireland writing in English (Anglo-Irish). During Ireland's most turbulent period, the final struggle for independence in the early decades of the 20th century, Yeats' words and literary reputation framed the struggle. His leadership with Lady Augusta Gregory led to the establishment of the Abbey Theater. in 1924 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.His words are timeless and filled with mystical power and high ideals. He died in France in the early days of World War II.