The Sayings of W.B. Yeats W.B. Yeats was an Irish Renaissance Man, both as a major architect and publicist of the fin de siècle Irish cultural revival and as a man of many intellectual and public masks. So many of his reflections are personal that these sayings offer something of an unconscious autobiography. What it reveals is that in spite of all his masks and his constant 'remaking' of himself, he remained consistent - and consistently perceptive - in his view of human life in all its facets.