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In line 67,the speaker asks whether theirs was needless death after all. Does the poem...

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mbitang2000 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM via web

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In line 67,the speaker asks whether theirs was needless death after all. Does the poem provide an answer to question? If so, what is it?

Easter 1916 by W.B YEATS.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 4, 2011 at 4:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The names his brings out in the next lines--MacDonough, MacBride, Connolly, Pearse--all heroes of the failed Irish Revolution, certainly did not "die in vain"–Yeats is saying that, “ even though the revolt itself was put down by the British, the Irish spirit will never die.  And wherever green is worn these men will be alive again in that spirit.”  Not only does this poem answer the rhetorical question with a resounding "no," but Yeats' entire poetic output and political life from that time on echoes the same "no."  Perhaps no major poet has put himself so completely in his canon as Yeats.

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