William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) is regarded as Ireland’s national poet; he was also a playwright and a major figure in the Irish Literary Revival, and had a strong interest in the occult. His poetry collections include The Wild Swans at Coole, The Tower, and The Winding Stair.
Yeats married George Hyde-Lees in 1917, and was the first Irish recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. He became a senator of the Irish Free State.
He died in the South of France in 1939, at the age of 73, and is now buried in Co. Sligo.