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William Butler Yeats: life
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin in ________.
2. His was a middle-class artistic family of the Anglo-Irish Protestant ________.
3. They moved to London two years after his birth and lived there for 14 years, though they spent the summer in Sligo, in the ________ countryside, with his mother's family.
4. The young Yeats was fascinated by the old ________ romances and their mystical dimension.
5. He sympathised with the ________ cause and started thinking of a distinctive Irish literature to be proud of.
6. He fell in love with the actress and patriot Maud ________, who did not return his feelings.
7. In the 1890s he met Lady Gregory, with whom he founded the ________ Theatre in Dublin in 1899.
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William Butler Yeats: the gyre
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A gyre is a ________ figure, similar to a funnel. It is like a spiral that grows increasingly wider from the point where it starts until its ________ point of expansion. Then the gyre goes back in the opposite ________. In brief, the resulting figure can be described as a double vortex, where the apex of one is at the centre of the other's ________. According to Yeats, the mind's evolution is a process of circling towards the wide end of a gyre, until the centre cannot hold. At that point a ________ occurs and the mind shifts to a new centre. He expressed this concept in the third line of the poem The ________ Coming.
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William Butler Yeats: life
Put the following sentences related to Yeats's life in the correct order: write numbers from 1 to 5.

________ He bought Thoor Ballylee, a ruined medieval tower-house in County Galway.
________ He became a senator in the Irish Free State.
________ He married Georgie Hyde-Lees.
________ He developed some 'automatic writing' in his book A Vision.
________ He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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William Butler Yeats: works
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Yeats's work can be divided into three periods. In the early period he was influenced by the languid atmosphere of the Puritans and the mood of the Decadent artists. In this phase he wrote the collections The Lily and The Wind among the Reeds, getting his ideas from Irish folklore and the Italian Symbolists. In the middle period, which dates from the end of the twentieth century, he used symbols to evoke universal myths. This period is marked by the collections In the Seven Woods,The Green Helmet and Other Poems,Responsibilities: Poems and a Play and The Wild Swans at Coole. In the later period a new and passionate intensity infused his major works.
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William Butler Yeats: the artist's role
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: According to Yeats, the role of the artist was to create a new culture based on Ireland's past.
B: In his collection of essays The Celtic Twilight he expressed his doubts about an Irish cultural renaissance.
C: In his early poems he never dealt with the tension between art and national loyalty.
D: He created a tragic vision of history based on 2000-year cycles going from a bestial floor to intellectual and spiritual heights, before turning like a wheel down to anarchy.
E: His art dealt with violence and destruction, and was, in his view, superior to history.
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William Butler Yeats: occultism
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Yeats joined a famous mystical society when he was in ________.
2. He studied Swedenborg, ________ Mysteries and Buddhism.
3. He learnt magic and esoteric ________.
4. He concocted the idea of the '________', which helped explain his concept of history.
5. He believed that these doctrines provided clues to the unconscious life of mind and spirit, that is, the ________ of creative imagination.
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William Butler Yeats: themes
Tick the words or phrases related to Yeats's themes.
A: Love.
B: Tradition.
C: Age.
D: Faith.
E: Future.
F: Death.
G: Loneliness.
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William Butler Yeats: key ideas
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Yeats had faith in the beauty and ________ of art.
2. Another of his main themes was the relationship between the poet and the Irish ________.
3. He was much concerned with the clash between the failing ________ and the willing heart.
4. The idea of the heroic individual was also strong in his ________.
5. The hero's superior ________ distinguish him from the common man.
6. Such heroes, by their ________ and deaths, enter a mythical world.
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William Butler Yeats: symbols
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

According to Yeats, symbols
A: were only pointless rhetorical devices.
B: were of three kinds.
C: made penetrating the Great Memory possible.
D: could shape both the individual and the collective consciousness.
E: were only the means to present his themes.
F: had a 'visionary' dimension.
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William Butler Yeats: style
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Yeats's work is based on the conflict and resolution of opposites.
B: He only employed alliteration and metaphors.
C: He constructed his sentences with great care.
D: His sentences are never short and simple.
E: He made no use of enjambement, and his syntax is very static and traditional.
F: His words pertain to the sphere of abstract ideas and include many descriptive verbs.
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