William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on the 13th of June 1865. His father, John, was a well known Irish painter.

Though his family moved to London when he was two years old he spent much of his childhood in Sligo with his grandparents.

This upbringing in Sligo formed the setting for many of his poems in later life.

Yeat’s writing drew from Irish mythology and folklore.

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William Blake

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The poet William Blake was born in London on the 28th of November 1757 to a rather bourgeoisie family in which he was the third of seven children.

He was a part of what would become known as the ‘Golden Riots’, an anti-catholic uprising in 1780 which led to the creation of the first Police Force in Britain.

He married in 1792 to Catherine Boucher.

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