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The Poetry of Yeats

Magic and symbolism are closely related in Yeats's poetry, as Yeats regarded poetry as a kind of magic and was also very much a symbolist when it came to his poetic craft. In a letter to the Irish...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2021, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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The Poetry of Yeats

As I point out in my answer, the rhyme scheme is regular only in the first stanza where we have last words in each line that rhyme as ABAB. In the second set, we have a rhyme scheme of CDCE (the E...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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The Poetry of Yeats

The main difficulty in summarizing "On being asked for a War Poem" by William Butler Yeats is that the poem is so short. As it is only six lines long, your summary may need to be substantially...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2015, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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The Poetry of Yeats

An interesting aspect of William Butler Yeats’ symbolic poetry is his use of corporeal imagery to illuminate metaphysical relationships between living beings and forces of nature. In his work, the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020, 5:01 am (UTC)

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The Poetry of Yeats

"For Anne Gregory" actually has two speakers, and the poem is framed as a dialogue. It doesn't matter significantly who the speaker of the first and second stanzas is--it could be Anne Gregory's...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012, 10:00 pm (UTC)

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The Poetry of Yeats

To answer your question, I will refer to two of Yeats's best-known poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death," and "Sailing to Byzantium." In the first of these, it is easy to see that it would be...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2018, 3:22 am (UTC)

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