He had by then decided that he would be a poet and his first poems were published in the Dublin University Review.
In his early years as a poet, he tried to follow the romantic tradition. In this phase he seems to have been influenced especially by the poems of Edmund Spenser, William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley. He has called himself one of the "last romantics"1 in a poem "Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931". In fact, he evolved into one of the first modern poets of the twentieth century.
His first collection of poems Crossways was published in 1889-the same year he had met the woman who was to be the great passion (unrequited) of his life till his dying day. In the Seven Woods (1904), The Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910), Responsibilities (1914), The Wild Swans at Coole(1919), Michael Robartes and the Dancer(1921), The Tower (1928), The Winding Stair and Other Poems(1933), A Full Moon in March(1935) and Last Poems (1936-1939) are the other significant collections of his poetry. He has also written a number of plays and was an important figure in the revival of the Irish theater. He became senator of the new Irish Free State in 1922. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1939, "he became his admirers"2 as W.H. Auden put it in his elegy, "In Memory of W.B.Yeats."
Auden mentioned in his elegy Yeats's "parish of rich women. ...Show more