Compare & Contrast The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

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1880s: Unionists and Catholics are locked in battle over the sovereignty of Ireland. Scores of people die in riots.

Today: Despite progress in talks, violence continues between Unionists and Catholics in Northern Ireland, with numerous casualties on both sides.

1880s: Groups advocating occultism and magic gain a high degree of popularity in England and Ireland. Yeats himself participates in a number of these groups, including the Theosophical Society and the Hermetic Students of the Golden Dawn.

Today: The western world experiences a renewed interest in occultism and various forms of magic. The Order of the Golden Dawn remains in existence and now has its own web site.

1880s: The Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland, seeks to promote the spirit of Ireland's native heritage.

Today: Irish Americans flock to Ireland to explore their ethnic roots and cultural heritage.

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