Poet William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland but grew up in County Slingo. He was both the Irish and British literary establishments, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, along with other notable writers. He also helped found The Abbey Theater, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Noble Prize in Literature as the first Irishman to be so honored. Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). From 1900, Yeats' poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. Yeats died on January 28, 1939 in Menton, France.
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