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I'm writing a research paper about William Butler Yeats. In the paper, I talk about his three poems "A Prayer for My Daughter," "When You are Old" and "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." My thesis statement is: William Butler Yeats' poems are a reflection of his life, as they tell of the love and patriotism he felt for Ireland. Could you give me your comments about my thesis statement? Does it fit with these three poems?

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Yeats is one of my favorite poets! Does your assignment allow you to choose any poems? I am assuming you have to tailor your thesis statement to discuss these three works. I think you could definitely refer to Yeats' love of Ireland with all three of these; in particular, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" has so much landscape imagery and also the strong element of faery folklore which is central to the Irish mythos.

I am not sure I would call any of these three poems you have listed here "patriotic,"...

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Thanks for your answer ! I changed "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" to " Easter, 1916", so I have changed my thesis : William Butler Yeats' poems are a reflection of his life, as they tell of the love he has for his lover and his daughter, and they also tell his political attitudes with regard to Ireland. What do you think about this thesis ? I need your comment ! I hope you can revise my thesis to make it more concise . Thanks!