William Butler Yeats was a famous Irish poet, dramatist and one of the pioneers of the literary world in the 20th century. The author was also a member of the Irish Senate and served it for two terms. He made significant contributions to both English and Irish literature, and is particularly remembered for his role in reviving the latter. The son of a prominent portrait painter, he became interested in literature and poetry at a young age. During his growing years he witnessed the rise of the Home rule movement and the nationalist revival which greatly impacted his young mind. He began writing when he was still in his teens and soon blossomed into a promising writer cum poet. Along with writing he was also interested in other forms of art and was deeply inclined towards politics. Along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, Yeats founded the Abbey Theatre, and served as its chief during its early years. Taking forward his love for politics, he served as an Irish Senator for two terms during his later years. In 1923, Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature making him the first Irishman to be honored with the award.