What are the romantic elements in W B Yeats' poetry?Please give some descriptions of all the points of the answer.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There are many romantic elements in the poetry of W.B. Yeats - many of this poet's most beautiful and lyrical poems were written early on in his career. a good one to look at is "The Lake Isle Of Inisfree.' This poem has the lyrical rhythm - almost like a melody, the stresses and de-stresses almost like the wavelets lapping on the shore that he talks about:

"I will arise and go now, and go to Inisfree"

The poem also celebrates the wonder and beauty of Nature, emphasisng for instance an evening full of the linnet's wings. Silence is given great praise. There is little of the later cynical and bitter realism of modernism here. It has peaceful images too "Nine bean rows will I have there" and an atmosphere of calm.

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sushantkshr | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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WB Yeat's life is in itself a petrarchan love story. He spent all his life celebrating Maud Gonne's beauty and his love for her.

His early poetry are usually about his new found love and his fascination for her beauty. Gradually when Maud refused his propsal to marriage thrice he was left hopeless and he had to find refuge in spirituallity. Even though he changed his genre from romantic to spiritual in the later aprt of his writing career the essence of romance and love is eminent in all his wiritings. 
WB Yeats was deeply moved by the beauty of nature and his surroundings. Failing in his attempt to marry Maud, Nature is where he found refuge. Nature's beauty enthralled him.
Be it Leda and the Swan or Sailing for Byzantium or Among School Children every poem is laden with elements of romance and expressions of romantic beauty.

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sushantkshr | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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WB Yeat's life is in itself a petrarchan love story. He spent all his life celebrating Maud Gonne's beauty and his love for her.

His early poetry are usually about his new found love and his fascination for her beauty. Gradually when Maud refused his propsal to marriage thrice he was left hopeless and he had to find refuge in spirituallity. Even though he changed his genre from romantic to spiritual in the later aprt of his writing career the essence of romance and love is eminent in alkl his wiritings.

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