What is the theme of Yeats' Stolen Child and in this poem what is being suggested about our world?
William Butler Yeats's "The Stolen Child" is a poem that combines Irish mythology, mystery and romanticism as it pertains to childhood, and in juxtaposition with the modern world. This being said, the main theme that we can gather from the poem is the struggle to maintain the innocence of childhood versus the duty of having to experience of the reality of life. In the end, the faeries will (we assume) protect the child from having to go into the duties of the grown-up life.
The poet's narrator, presumably a faerie, recites these words to lure the child into the presence of the faeries:
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