W.B. Yeats was a poet, nationalist and a Senator during the early days of the Irish Free State 1922-28 (Saorstat Eireann) during which time he delivered mischievous speeches to an alarmed Senate on divorce, the Lane paintings and on Joyce's Ulysses.
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By Michael Manning
Feb 17, 2013
Yeats was a towering intellect, regularly dwarfing his fellow Senators with ripostes and witticisms during the Seanad Eireann sessions. Yeats lived at Thoor Ballylee, a Norman Castle in south Co Galway, Ireland, from 1919-1932 where he composed his speeches and in particular his poetry as he paced the castle ramparts.
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