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What are the main themes of the poem "The Song of Wandering Aengus." It is from the works of W.B. Yeats.

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The lyrical language of this poem lends it a dreamy, mystical atmosphere: the references to hazel wood and berries, in particular, allude to druidic lore, in which the hazel tree is centered at the heart of the Celtic otherworld. This underlines the poem's theme of nature as a healer or a bridge to another world: note that the speaker visits the hazel wood "because a fire was in my head." He seeks out the mystical in nature to soothe himself and is rewarded when the little silver trout he has caught becomes "a glimmering girl / With apple blossom in her hair."

Hazel trees and hazel berries are also associated in Irish lore with wisdom, or awakening. The mystical state into which a hazel wood can send a poet or soothsayer can usher in a moment which will change a person forever. This idea, too, is presented in the poem, as the visit to the hazel wood marks a turning point for the speaker. After the girl "faded through the brightening air," the speaker becomes obsessed with the idea of...

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