->''Had I the heavensí embroidered cloths,''\\
''Enwrought with golden and silver light,''\\
''The blue and the dim and the dark cloths,''\\
''Of night and light and the half light,''\\
''I would spread the cloths under your feet:''\\
''But I, being poor, have only my dreams;''\\
''I have spread my dreams under your feet;''\\
''Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.''
-->-- "Aed Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven"

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was an [[{{Oireland}} Irish]] poet, UsefulNotes/{{Nobel Prize|in Literature}} winner and well-known/[[SmallReferencePools often-cited]] literary figure. He was inspired by [[Myth/IrishMythology Irish myth and folklore]] as well as the writings of Creator/WilliamBlake.

This guy is responsible for a lot of the StockQuotes floating around in pop culture. His poem "Literature/TheSecondComing" is the source of many {{Literary Allusion Title}}s and is his most famous and most referenced work[[note]]outside Ireland that is; ''in'' Ireland "Sailing to Byzantium" and "September 1913" are probably better known; "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" was voted the nation's favourite poem in an Irish Times poll.[[/note]]. If you hear a FauxlosophicNarration, read a snippet of poetry preceding a bunch of prose or even see a character trying to sound deep and meaningful, there is a reasonably good chance that William Butler Yeats is being quoted.

He also had, like most great poets, something of a dirty streak, although nowhere near as wide that of Creator/{{Shakespeare}} or his contemporary Creator/JamesJoyce.

He was also one of the founders of Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre, and actually shamed a mob who rioted at the premiere of Sean O'Casey's ''Theatre/ThePloughAndTheStars'' there.

Also, his last name [[ItsPronouncedTroPay is pronounced]] "Yates," not "Yeets."

The entirety of his work can be found [[http://www.poemhunter.com/william-butler-yeats/poems/page-1/ here]].

!!Works by Yeats with their own pages:

* "Literature/TheSecondComing"

!!Tropes featured in his other works:

* {{Arcadia}}: He viewed the place he spent his summers in Sligo as this. He expresses his desire to live this way permanently in "The Lake Isle of Inishfree".
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: What he strives to do in ''Sailing to Byzantium'', a metaphor for achieving poetic immortality. He describes himself leaving his "dying animal" body behind with the help of Byzantine "holy sages" and making himself a body of pure artifice in the form of a gold and enamel bird, who would sit on a branch and sing of the past, present and future.
* BettyAndVeronica: In "A Prayer For My Daughter", he observes that courtesy, charm, and kindness may trump beauty.
* BrokenBird: He laments that this happened to two female Irish revolutionaries and suffragettes that he knew in his youth, in "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markevicz."[[note]](Despite its title, written while both were still alive.)[[/note]] One was sentenced to death (commuted to prison time) for taking part in a revolt, and the other one lived out a sad life pursuing radical politics. The poem ends with Yeats lighting a match and [[MindScrew threatening to burn down]] ''[[MindScrew time]]'' [[MindScrew itself]] for doing this to them, saying that "the innocent and beautiful/have no enemy but time."
* DeathSeeker: "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death," not so much out of despair, but out of yearning for a final thrill and a distaste for growing old.
* DesignatedVillain: "September 1913" attacks the Catholic merchant middle classes for being greedy and materialistic. It was inspired by the city council not wanting to give money to open an art gallery at the request of Hugh Lane...right when living conditions in the city were terrible. So chances are they might not have wanted to splash out on something quite so frivolous.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: "For Anne Gregory"
* HeAlsoDid: Epic poetry. ''The Wanderings of Oisin'' is one of his early works, a short epic (or ''epyllion'') about the legendary Irish hero Oisin, also known as "Ossian," who travels with an immortal named Niamh to the LandOfFaerie. It was unpopular in its time for being too classical in form and setting (as well as occasionally clumsy on a poetic level), and it has lapsed into obscurity. Most people casually familiar with his later works have never heard of it.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: In "A Prayer for my Daughter", he wants a little less than this.
* SwansASwimming: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Wild Swans at Coole"]]
* TakeThat: "September 1913" is one to the Catholic merchant middle classes. ''On Being Asked to Write a War Poem" is a short, somewhat gentler one to people who want him to be more topical.