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Autobiographies Setting & Symbolism

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Deidre of the Sorrows

Deidre of the Sorrows was the final play John Synge wrote. The third act contained many references to death.

Playboy of the Western World

Playboy of the Western World was a play about patricide that was written by Synge. Playboy was such a controversial play that its first performance at the Abby Theatre resulted in riots. Yeats would reprimand the rioters and the press would later express such a high opinion of the play that it was soon recognized for its genius.

Countess Cathleen

Countess Cathleen was a play Yeats wrote early in his career that inspired his desire to build a theatre company. It was Countess Cathleen Yeats saw performed when he was in Sweden to receive his Nobel Prize.

The Russia

The Russia was a ship Yeats' grandfather captained during his career. An ornament from the ship adorned the family's garden in Sligo.

Harcourt Street School

Harcourt Street School was the school Yeats attended as a youth and where older children bullied him until an athletic friend taught him how to defend himself.

Hodos Chameliontos

Hodos Chameliontos means Path of the Chameleon, a cabbalistic symbol of losing one's way that Yeats was warned against when McGregor began teaching him the symbols.

The National Literary Society

The National Literary Society was a group Yeats began in order to promote the publication of young Irish writers and to help jump-start his attempts to begin a theatre.

Abbey Theatre

Abbey Theatre was a theater Yeats founded with his friends Lady Gregory and John Synge. The theater was designed as a place where Yeats and his friends could present plays for the Irish people in a language and style they could relate to.

The Nobel Prize for Literature

The Nobel Prize for Literature was a prestigious award given to a person who had achieved outstanding recognition for his work in Literature. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.


Sligo was a community in Ireland where Yeats' mother was born and raised and where he himself spent a great deal of his childhood.


Yeats' family moved to England so that Yeats' father could continue working on his art. This is where Yeats went to school as a teenager.

Howith County Dublin

Yeats and his family moved to Howith County Dublin for a short time when Yeats was a young teen.

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