• Leda And The Swan Analysis
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    In William Butler Yeats poem "Leda and the Swan", he uses the fourteen lines of the traditional sonnet form in a radical, modernist style. He calls up a series of unforgettable, bizarre images of an immediate physical event using abstract descriptions in brief language. Through structure and language Yeats is able to paint a powerful sexual image to his readers without directly giving the meaning of the poem. "Leda and the Swan" is a violent, sexually explicit poem with its plain diction, rhythm...
  • Irish Literature And Rebellion
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    Irish Literature and Rebellion In the heart of every Irishman hides a poet, burning with nationalistic passion for his beloved Emerald Isle. It is this same passion, which for centuries, Great Britain has attempted to snuff out of the Catholics of Ireland with tyrannical policies and the hegemony of the Protestant religion. Catholics were treated like second-class citizens in their native home. Centuries of oppression churned in the hearts of the Irish and came to a boil in the writings and lite...
  • Second Coming Yeats Poem One
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    Surely the Second coming is at hand; when a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: A shape with a lion body and the head of a man, / A gaze blank And pitiless as the sun, (2. 9-15). Is the world actually coming to an end Is this sphinx-like creature truly our inevitable savior Or, is Yeats life and things surrounding it coming to chaos Is the war and restless spirit of Ireland influencing Yeats work On the other hand, is Yeats trying to help one to understand the frustrations of the...
  • In Memory Of W B Yeats
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    An Analysis of In Memory of W. B. Yeats Friends often share stories or poems of loved one at their funeral. This helps to ease their pain and can also express accomplishments of the deceased. When W. B. Yeats passed away, one of his contemporaries, W. H. Auden, wrote a poem in memory of him. Audens poem entitled In Memory of W. B. Yeats, presents the life of Yeats from Audens perspective in three different sections. Using literary techniques such as diction, varied meter and rhyme, alliteratio...
  • William Butler Yeats Coole Park
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    William Butler Yeats- An Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer- Known for having intellectual and often obscure poetry works- Quoted to be "one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20 th century"- Even Received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923 o What was most recognizable about that fact is that he is famous for his lyrical poetic works that came after the prize- Yeats war born in 1865 in Dublin Yeats's childhood was broad in education and personal experiences. Yeats became a yo...
  • Four Lines Yeats Loved Love
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    Analysis of 'When You Are Old'; by W. B. Yeats This poem When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats is about Yeats telling his lover how it is going to be when she is old, and he is not around anymore. He is telling her how much he loves her now and how she will think about his love when she is old. She does not say anything although the speaker imagines her saying something in the end of this poem. Yeats wrote this when he was 28, and he talks about what she might be doing, feeling, dreaming when she is ...
  • Yeats And His Treatment Of Irish Concerns
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    Discuss with reference to at least three poems, Yeats' treatment of Irish Concerns Yeats changes his treatment of Irish concerns throughout his life and these changes are reflected in his poetry. Three poems that reflect these changes are 'September 1913', 'Easter 1916' and 'Under Ben Bulben'. These poems show a transpositions in political thought. In 'September 1913' Yeats shows his aversion to democracy and capitalism, and expresses his belief in an aristocratic society preferably governed by ...
  • Easter 1916 Home Rule
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    'Easter 1916'The 1916 Easter Rebellion spoke to the heart of Irish nationalism and emerged to dominate nationalist accounts of the origin and evolution of the Irish State. The decision by a hand- full of Irish patriots to strike a blow for Irish independence mesmerized the Irish people in its violent intensity and splendor. According to Richard Kearney, author of Myth and Terror, suddenly everything was dated 'Before or after Easter Week'. The subsequent executions of the sixteen rebel leaders b...
  • Analysis Of The Second Coming
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    The poem "The Second Coming" was written by William Butler Yeats in 1919. Yeats was an accomplished Irish poet and was known for the socio-religious ideas he emphasized in his poetry. In "The Second Coming," his ideas unfold in three significant metaphors. The first metaphor relates a falcon and its falconer to the destruction of society. The metaphor has two possible interpretations. One view may be that the falcon represents society and the falconer represents God and morality. By saying "The...
  • Yeats Life Irish Ireland
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    Born in Dublin in the year 1865, William Butler Yeats would go on to become universally recognized by his peers as the greatest poet of this century writing in the English language. This recognition would come as early as 1828, a decade before his death with the publication of arguably his finest volume, The Tower (Fraser, 207). The son of one time attorney and later well known painter John Butler Yeats, W. B. Yeats was of partially Cornish and Gaelic decent, born near Dublin and raised between ...
  • Yeats Biography Lady Gregory
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    William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 13, 1865. He was the eldest son of a painter. In 1867 his family moved to London, but he frequently visited his grandparents in Northern Ireland. There he was greatly influenced by the folklore of the region. In 1881 his family returned to Dublin. Their Yeats studied at the Metropolitan School of Art. During school he became more focused on literature. Yeats made his debut in 1885, with the publication of his first poems in The Dublin Un...
  • William Butler Yeats Ireland Poetry Irish
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    William Butler Yeats is best known for his large contribution to the Irish Literary Renaissance of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. However, his writing alone would have been unique enough to start a literary renaissance even if he had not been joined by fellow authors Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Edwin Ellis, and many others. Yeats began writing because he was inspired by the culture and history of Ireland. As a child, Yeats moved often and later in life, he travelled constantly...
  • When You Are Old By William Butler Yeats
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    Frank Tours Ms. Girard Writing about Literature Sept. 14, 2000 "When You Are Old" William Butler Yeats Unrequited love is a common theme in poetry. Nature, death, wars, religions are all significant themes but love is the most important. It gives the reader an insight to the author's inner feelings. "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats is no exception. Yeats reflects upon his unconditional love for a woman who was not ready for a serious relationship. "When You Are Old" is about Maud Gonn...
  • William Yeats Irish Poem Dancing
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    On June 13 1865 William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin Ireland. From the start Yeats had artistic influences, due to the fact that his father Jack Butler Yeats was a noted Irish painter. He had no formal education until he was eleven, at that time he started at the Godolphin Grammar School in Hammer censored h England and later he enrolled in Erasmus Smith High School in Dublin. Throughout his schooling he was considered disappointing student, his studies were inconsistent, he was prone to day ...
  • Bio Of Wb Yeats
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    One of Ireland's finest writers, William Butler Yeats served a long apprenticeship in the arts before his genius was fully developed. He did some of his greatest work after he was fifty. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 13, 1865. His father was a lawyer-turned-Irish painter. In 1867 the family followed him to London and settled in Bedford Park. In 1881 they returned to Dublin, where Yeats studied the Metropolitan School of Art. Yeats spent much time with his grandparents in County Sli...
  • Irish Rennaissance James Joyce
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    In the heart of every Irishman hides a poet, burning with nationalistic passion for his beloved Emerald Isle. It is this same passion which for centuries Great Britain has attempted to snuff out of the Catholics of Ireland with tyrannical policies and the domination of the Protestant religion. Irish Catholics were treated like second-class citizens in their native home. Centuries of oppression churned in the hearts of the Irish and came to a boil in the writings and literature of the sons and da...
  • Back To Text Yeats Poetry Macgreevy
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    Irish Poetic Modernisms: A Reappraisal Alex Davis University College Cork First published in Critical Survey 8: 2 (1996) p 186-197. This text has not been re-edited for this hypertext version. The current revision of our understanding of European and American modernism has implications for the study of Irish literature from the revival through the early years of the Free State. The undermining of New Criticism's narrow conception of the modernist text as a 'well-wrought urn' or manifestation of ...
  • Hollow Men Eliot Yeats Lines
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    William Butler Yeats and Thomas Stearns Eliot both have written very powerful poetry that has changed the face of literature for future generations. Yeats' "The Second Coming" and Eliot's "The Hollow Men" are permeated with the feeling of despair. This despair reflects the feelings of the age in which the poets lived. In these poems, there is a pervasive sense of futility, a sense that mankind will never recover. Through the use of tone, visual imagery, and religious images, W. B. Yeats and T. ...
  • Cathleen As Erie Yeats Ireland Woman
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    William Butler Yeats fought for Irish Independence through his writing his entire life. The Abbey theatre became one of his most effective weapons in Yeats's war against the English colonial force. People would not only attend the theatre to experience Yeats's plays, going to the theatre became a political statement, like playing the Irish game hurling instead of the popular English sport soccer. Of all the plays performed at the Abbey Theatre, once known as the National Theatre for Irish Indepe...
  • Yeats Frost A Comparison Of Themes
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    The question has often been asked: does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? In the art of poetry, most often it is the first of these – poetry reflects life. No more clearly can this be seen than in the works of two of the greatest poets the world has ever seen – William Butler Yeats and Robert Frost. The poems they wrote reflected not only their lives, but also life in general. In my presentation today, I will analyse a selection of poems to reveal hidden meanings, hopefully...