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A Prayer for My Daughter

In this poem, Yeats's speaker is considering the various qualities he would like his infant daughter to possess, for her sake. He wants her to be a woman capable of supporting herself in the world;...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 4:10 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

We can assume that W.B. Yeats' experiences have served to influence the things he wishes for his daughter in the poem, "A Prayer for My Daughter." The first thing Yeats wishes is that his daughter...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2011 8:46 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

It is important to read this poem alongside another famous poem by Yeats, which was actually written just a few months before this poem, "The Second Coming." In this earlier work, Yeats sets out...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

The speaker in this poem has a number of wishes for his young daughter. He would like her to be beautiful, but not sufficiently beautiful "to make a stranger's eye distraught," nor to make the girl...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 12:53 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

Yeats's "A Prayer for My Daughter" does indeed show the concern of a father for his daughter, but in rather conventional terms. We must bear in mind that when the poem was written, in 1919, fathers...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 4:41 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

Yeats is worried that his daughter will grow to adulthood in a world where the old standards—the standards of the Anglo-Irish gentry that Yeats so deeply venerates—are in terminal decline. That is...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 8:07 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

This poem was written two days after the birth of Yeats's daughter Anne, who arrived in the world on on February 26, 1919. The Irish were fighting the English for independence, and Yeats was...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 1:18 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

In the poem 'Prayer For My daughter' by William Butler Years the poet has two main messages to convey. His daughter's future love. 'May she be granted beauty and yet notBeauty to make a stranger's...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2009 9:28 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

The poem “A Prayer for My Daughter," by William Butler Yeats, deals with a father’s wishes for his daughter. It is written from the poet’s perspective; he is worried about his daughter and the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 8:53 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

In the first stanza, we are introduced to a terrible storm, a storm that symbolizes the many potential problems that will be strewn across the path of the speaker's daughter when she grows up and...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 8:48 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

If you are referring to the famous and beautiful poem 'Prayer For My Daughter' by William Butler Yeats, then that line refers to his wish that his daughter be not so beautiful that she attracts...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 10:51 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

The storm is a recurrent symbol in this poem, representing the dangers of the new world the speaker's infant daughter has been born into. The poem was written in 1919, in the aftermath of World War...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 1:26 pm UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

“A Prayer For My Daughter” by Yeats is a prime example of the tenets of the Modernist period in literature. It contains many of the elements that define Modernism. The modernist movement was...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2010 12:16 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

Before even beginning his actual prayer, Yates sets the scene by describing the conditions he sees and hears around him. He is surrounded by a howling storm, great gusts of wind blowing waves...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 3:04 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

As Yeats gazes at his newborn daughter, he cannot help but think of all the many challenges she will face in her life. Under the circumstances, then, it is no surprise that he is so worried about...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020 11:24 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

“A Prayer for my Daughter” is a poem by William Butler Yeats which was first published in 1919. The poem is written in the first person. The narrator tells us that he is praying for his daughter:...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 11:44 am UTC

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A Prayer for My Daughter

The speaker's worried about what kind of future his daughter will have when she grows up. He is acutely aware of the many pitfalls that lie ahead for a woman of her social background. Yes, he wants...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 6:03 am UTC

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